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Amityville 3-D

Amityville 3-D (1983)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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The third installment in the haunted-house saga discards any pretense of being based on actual events in order to provide the requisite cheap thrills sought by audiences during the short-lived 3-D revival of the early '80s. When a skeptical reporter (Tony Roberts) with a penchant for debunking phony psychic hoaxes moves into the Long Island house to disprove its nightmarish legend, he and his family are set upon by all manner of supernatural beasties. Many such manifestations leap wildly out at

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Apr 5, 2005

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (17) | DVD (6)

There is hardly anything original about the picture.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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To pad things out characters argue over story-lines from previous Amityville movies, while for 3-D purposes, wasps, furniture and minor players are hurled in our direction at varying intervals.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The cast is good, but the characters are idiots.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It so utterly fails to articulate its threat that the scary stuff presumably facilitated by everyone's moronic behavior turns into a running joke.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

Unlike the first two Amityville titles, this one makes no claim to authenticity, but such honesty doesn't save it from being a terrible movie.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Veteran director Richard Fleischer demonstrates a keen understanding of the potentials of the 3-D gimmick here, but there is little else to recommend this dull retread.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

3-D, the stamp of greatness...

July 8, 2005

Replaces derivation with gimmicks.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...presented in standard 2-D format and does not require special glasses to view. However, I don't see how wearing them can possibly hurt.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...thoroughly bereft of any interesting ideas, as evidenced by the film's absurdly underwhelming climax...

March 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Entirely flat, despite the gimmicky effects

January 9, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Works as well as a 3-D sequel of a sequel (starring Tony Roberts in the lead role) can posibly work. And that ain't well.

September 8, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Better than the first two, but apart from the 3-D novelty not much

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Amityville 3-D

Third part in this series is a bad film, and it really starts to shows the cracks in terms of effective storytelling on the parts of the screen writers and director. The idea seemed really good, but the film simply fell flat with no real care to write a truly terrifying film that was memorable and fun. The result is a failed attempt at delivering a haunted house film with any real chills. The film tends to rely too much on the 3D effect to entertain, and it just ends up being annoying and painful to watch. Acting wise, the film still suffers from inconsistencies and there are no standout performances here. The direction fails to evoke any sense of fear and most of the time it is pretty lazy. The ideas for something good were here, but the execution was poor. The film could have been much better than this and it is a shame because the original film, though flawed, was pretty good and fun to watch. As a whole, this third film is forgettable in the long run and adds nothing of note to the series. Luckily this isn't as bad as others that would follow, but it could have been done better. I think that with a few rewrites a, this film could have been a lot better. With a better cast and director as well, Amityville 3D would have worked as a fun, entertaining haunted house picture. The film was simply rushed, and underdeveloped in terms of good storytelling. Without the effects, I think that the film could have worked a bit better and if it relied on atmosphere it would have made it memorable.
December 16, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Amityville is much like all the other third in series/3D outings in modern horror franchises. It's not all horrible, there is a good scene in a burning car and the last 10 minutes is great, albeit,so bad it's great territory, but entertaining all the same. Unfortunately the first 80 minutes are pretty awful. I would have liked to have seen it in 3D, just to get a closer look at the fly with the human face, I wonder if there were screams of horror or screams of laughter back in 1983?
September 28, 2011
SirPant

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A low point in the Amityville series, this one is below average. It has hardly any good actors, a bad story, it's predictable, and I just didn't like it.
January 16, 2011
ajv2688

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I'm sure the only reason this film is stil in existence is because Meg Ryan has one of her early roles in it. It is even more mean-spirited than the previous instalments and the death scenes really stretch credibility too far. The 3D effects were good at the time but they make watching it on TV now a bit of a mess. You end up just sitting there thinking, "I bet that bit looked good in 3D!". The rest of the effects are very lacklustre though as is the story itself.
August 19, 2007
drblood

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