The Blair Witch Project Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
October 9, 2012
A cunningly conceived and crafted exercise in suggestibility and terror.

Total Film
October 8, 2012
This hyper-realistic mockumentary will scare you witless -- without grossing you out. One of those rare films with the power to haunt long after the final frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Taylor
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Somewhere, P. T. Barnum is smiling.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 17, 2011
Sanchez and Myrick's film knows that what's not seen frightens more easily that what is, and that the imagination's thoughts of what might have happened generally horrify on a deeper level than knowing what did.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
This one could be too scary even for your teen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 26, 2010
A brilliant marketing campaign, to be sure, but this Z-grade con of a film offers no payoff for audiences looking to be scared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a gem.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
[A] creepy tale of witchcraft, murders and ghost sightings.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
August 4, 2008
"Blair Witch" should go down in history as proof that it doesn't take a big budget to make a great movie, in fact it may not even take a budget at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
This is a highly original and well-made film which is one of the best of the year, and a welcome change from the recent slasher genre which most horror films seem to be classified as these days.

Film4
September 24, 2007
It is a horror film that shows nothing -- no blood, no violence -- explains nothing, and seems to mean nothing, but scares you and keeps scaring you long after it is over.
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Jeff Giles
Newsweek
September 24, 2007
Heather's shaky video work can induce motion sickness -- it looks like combat footage as she bolts through the woods -- but just try turning away.
Top Critic
September 24, 2007
I could tell you the story -- give away every detail -- and The Blair Witch Project would still freeze your blood.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2007
The viewer never glimpses anything more than the shadow of a clever movie.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2007
What gives the film much of its force and its mounting sense of queasy uncertainty is its narrative method, which ensures that we know no more about the proceedings than the characters do.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
The lofty talk in the press of its being a new horror masterpiece is nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
The three actors manage not only to capture some beautiful footage but also to spout believable and consistent dialog without digressing into the standard Scream pop culture references.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Where is the suspense? Where is the involvement? Where is the identification?
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The actors never put a foot wrong; the video diary form allows no artifice, so that as terror mounts, the dread is infectious.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's an original and admirable effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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