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Boogeyman (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 76

The plot is been-there done-that generic, and none of the shock effects can do anything to build up suspense.

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

The plot is been-there done-that generic, and none of the shock effects can do anything to build up suspense.

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 261,301

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Tim is a seemingly normal, twenty-something guy. He's got a decent job and is moving fast in his relationship with his girlfriend Jessica. But an intense, paralyzing fear that has been terrifying him since childhood is tearing him apart. When Tim was eight, each night his dad would put him to sleep with a bedtime story. Until that one fateful night. As Tim watched from his bed, his father was violently sucked into the closet, and was never seen or heard from again. Tim is terrified that the

May 31, 2005

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (76) | DVD (26)

Fright fans expecting anything more than the occasional jolt will be sorely disappointed.

May 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A vaporous and vacuous horror film.

February 19, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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None of this makes any sense whatsoever.

February 13, 2005
New York Post
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A welcome throwback to the glory days of scary movies.

February 10, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This is strictly substandard stuff, with imitative creepy noises, vertiginous camera angles, and long pauses during which Tim considers whether to open doors.

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It suffers from a lack of genuine chills or suspense.

February 8, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A thinly plotted clothesline of shock effects.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This film does cause shivers, creeps, scares, and jumps.

December 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Few films benefited that much from being so short.

December 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

For a good, healthy PG-13 scare, Boogeyman is fun for the whole family -- just don't bring kids who are too young.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

So boring, derivative and patently inane that hate is entirely too strong an emotion to attribute to it. You're either in the target demographic or you're not.

August 16, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Teenagers will probably have a blast with the cheap scares and simplistic story, but for horror veterans or those looking for something new, this is not the film to see.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Director Kay provides the trappings, but if you want horror, you'll need to bring your own.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Boogeyman is that bull's eye example which begins its immediate downfall once Barry Watson of "7th Heaven" misfortune appears on screen.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I spent most of the movie struggling not to throw something at the screen or disrupt the other patrons by screaming in frustration.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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O título brasileiro desta produção (O Pesadelo) sintetiza perfeitamente o que significa a experiência de ser obrigado a assisti-la.

April 23, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A bland affair with none of the imagination that distinguishes the best horror movies.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Confusing, badly written, poorly acted horror film that trots out a few clichés and eventually throws some semi-decent effects at them, in the mistaken belief that the audience won't be bored to tears.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

There is not a scare to be found.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

A humourless trudge through haunted house cliches, it's unlikely to scare anyone old enough to get past the box office.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

It uses every canted angle and cartoonish zoom from Sam Raimi's Evil Dead handbook, but the comatose screenplay just makes the stylish gymnastics look desperate.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

There is nothing going on during these 86 minutes except a studio gunning for quick kill at the opening weekend box office.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

winningly combines the creaking ambiguities and psychological chills of They with terrain more familiar from a haunted house movie.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Audience Reviews for Boogeyman

Nothing original and not many scares. Cool to watch around Halloween, but not something I'd recommend considering the acting is pretty shoddy and the narrative is predictable and testing.
November 2, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

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Boogeyman is one of those horror films that every critic hated and you end up realizing it's not as bad as what everyone has said it was. This is an average film with a pretty good story, and shouldn't be viewed as the worst horror film. The film is flawed, but there are far worst flicks in the genre than this one. Yes, the film is weak at times, but for the most part, it succeeds at being a mindless horror film, which is what it is. Boogeyman is not to be taken so seriously. There's a decent cast of actors that grace this film but the film does suffer from a somewhat lacking script and relies too much on special effects, which if toned down slightly would have a better scar factor on the viewer. There is tension found within this film, but it never really is truly scary. On a production design standpoint, the film looks excellent and has incredible sets, especially the main characters house. Overall Boogeyman is a pleasant time waster not to be taken seriously, if you do that you may just have a mindless fun viewing experience. Boogeyman is lots of fun from start to finish, and is the perfect film for you to simply shut your brain and have a mindless film night. I really don't see the hatred towards this film, sure it's not the best, but it definitely is better than a lot of films that are currently being put out nowadays. Never truly scary, Boogeyman has plenty of tense moments to keep you interested. A much underrated film, one that should not be quickly dismissed.
May 19, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Well I always check under my bed. There are far worst creatures than boogeyman. This was scary indeed. There were some moments that made me jumped literally. Though I would say my scare level wasn't high enough as I could go to sleep peacefully after watching this at mid night. I would say this was decent. Mysterious. Confusing. Frightening. Everything I could think of (except humor). Can't wait to see the second part. Hope that will be better than this.
October 30, 2010
3niR
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2 stars
September 8, 2010
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