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Cold Creek Manor

Cold Creek Manor (2003)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 97

The plot of Cold Creek Manor is too predictable and contrived to generate suspense.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 22

The plot of Cold Creek Manor is too predictable and contrived to generate suspense.



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New Yorkers get a crash course in the more dangerous aspects of moving to the country and buying a "handyman's special" in this thriller from award-winning director Mike Figgis. Cooper and Leah Tilson (Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone) are a wealthy couple who have grown tired of the high stress of life in New York City and are looking to move to someplace with more breathing room. Upstate, they find a mansion in the village of Cold Creek which has fallen into disrepair after it was repossessed.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Richard Jefferies, Richard Jeffries

Mar 2, 2004


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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (97) | DVD (30)

The only things haunting this movie are cliches.

September 25, 2003
Rolling Stone
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'You should've stayed in New York,' Dorff warns, long before which the audience has realized it should've stayed home to snuggle up instead with Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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... a good-looking thriller by an excellent director with strong performances from Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid -- yet it's oddly flat, with an exasperating plot, lots of strange turns and hardly any legitimate scares.

September 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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At the beginning, Cold Creek Manor almost makes you believe it could deliver all that and more. Instead, it follows the weary, well-worn path of so many contemporary scare-fests.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source:
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The whole thing is a waste of good professional filmmaking.

September 19, 2003
Washington Post
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Quaid does his level best with a lame character, but Stone sinks under the weight of a thankless role.

September 19, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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There are no surprises at all in this totally predictable mistake of a movie.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Director Mike Figgis also composed the score, which during the tense scenes merely sounds like a two-year-old incessantly banging on random piano keys.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Supremely listless and scare-free nonsense.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Figgis relies on Quaid's performance to convey the perilous dynamics of his character's threatened masculinity, and the performance produced by this trust is solid gold.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

The movie builds atmosphere at the expense of action, buildup at the expense of payoff.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

...leaves the audience up the creek without a paddle.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A clichéd, implausible thriller.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

despite dead horses, crazed hicks and plagues of snakes, the only truly horrifying moment here is the hint at the end that there may be a sequel.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

And as it progresses, the characters become so stupid that we lose interest in them.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Stephen Dorff is suitably intimidating as the film's scoundrel... "Hand that Rocks the Cradle" meets "Fatal Attraction"

November 25, 2003

Depending on your tolerance for such films, it'll either be easy or difficult to accept this unabashedly absurd story.

October 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The underlining homoerotic subtext gets muddy, then washed away, in the creek.

October 12, 2003 Full Review

One of those bad movies that will take its stars two good movies to recover from.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Try as it might to hold our attention, it disappoints at every turn, ending in a whimper rather than a bang.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Despite the film's predictability, there's something in the film that makes you want to root for the bad guy.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

About as thrilling as cleaning out your garage.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I don't think there is even one thing that happens that I didn't foresee. It's the sort of movie that makes dumb guys like me feel smart.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source:

Manor trickles along unconvincingly without once dispatching any genuine sense of supreme sadistic surprises. For this revelation alone, Cold Creek Manor certainly needs to be condemned.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Audience Reviews for Cold Creek Manor

Corny and predictable, but easy watching. Dorff plays the bad guy reasonably well, no boring parts, but could have been helped along with more suspense..
February 24, 2012

Super Reviewer

A watchable but unspectacular thriller about a family of New Yorkers who move into a big country house with a sinister past that brings dangerous consequence for the new occupants. The film builds slowly gathering a bit of mystery and suspense then gets a little livelier towards the end. Really good cast too but with mixed performances. A good time-filler but there's nothing memorable about it. Plot-wise it's been done before and a lot better.
February 18, 2011
Lee ?

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Tense thriller about a family who move into their new home. They are soon targeted by the old tenant who has a dark secret and wants them out. Good cast.
September 26, 2010
T Tsang

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A truly terrible and bland movie, the only worthwhile element is the Stephen Dorf/Juliette Lewis crazy couple that reeks havoc on an unsuspecting good-natured family. Half of the movie is a poor rip-off of the original Amityville horror and the other half is a poor rip-off of Last House on the Left, two of my favorite horror movies, so this was bound to not sit well with me.
May 23, 2010

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