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Come Out And Play (2013)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 583


Movie Info

Beth (Vinessa Shaw, 3:10 To Yuma) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Damages), a happy young couple expecting a child, have come to Mexico for a romantic getaway. As they dock on a sun-kissed beach where children are playing and giggling, everything seems perfect. But as they wander the strangely empty streets, an atmosphere of unease sets in: an abandoned hotel, a distress call that repeatedly echoes from a radio set, the sense of being watched...the sound of children's laughter drifting through … More

R (for strong disturbing violence involving children, and for some language)
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In Theaters:
Jun 17, 2013
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Critic Reviews for Come Out And Play

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9)

Despite its familiar genre trappings, this nastily efficient horror film delivers genuine chills.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film maintains a deliberately unhurried pace that builds tension naturally and with minimum interference from the soundtrack.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

For horror fans, there are ... enough gruesome images, icky concepts and "don't-go-there" moments to carry the day.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Even by the low standards of scary-movie plausibility, mononymous first-timer Makinov exhibits brazenly little interest in psychologically grounding his story.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Makinov tries repeatedly to mine suspense from slowly creeping up on his actors with the camera. If I'd directed this bunk, I'd hide my face too.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Mostly just a hollow experience

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Cinema Crazed

An unnerving, humid slice of elemental horror that conjures up memories of Children of the Corn by way of George Romero. It mostly works, until it doesn't.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
Shared Darkness

Occasionally creepy, but mostly inert, unimaginative and tedious.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
NYC Movie Guru

Creepy, troubling idea drains away through a gaping plot hole

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
Movie Habit

These kids are not your usual tourist fare. Look out young marrieds!

Full Review… | March 23, 2013
Monsters and Critics

Come Out and Play is a good example of how to eke out film thrills with a minimum of elements. Makinov should prove to be a filmmaker to watch.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Austin Chronicle

Makinov's film expertly crafts a sense of dawning madness that hinges on its villains' unspoken fury at their elders.

Full Review… | March 16, 2013
Slant Magazine

While I'd personally rather pop in Who Can Kill A Child?, viewers new to the subject will find Makinov's remake interesting, but they should know it's already been done before - and better.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
We Got This Covered

Though virtually without plot, the horror elements are effective given the graphic views of mass murder.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013

A relentlessly routine remake.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013

...a slightly uneven yet stirring horror effort that bodes well for the mysterious Makinov's future endeavors.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Demands a little patience but also delivers some nasty chills in return.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

If anything, 'Come Out and Play' is generic to the core, a cut and paste horror thriller that still manages to deliver on both production value and intensity.

Full Review… | September 11, 2012
Bloody Disgusting

Audience Reviews for Come Out And Play

two star

MisterYoda ?

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Francis (Moss-Bachrach) and his pregnant wife Beth (Shaw) are taking the opportunity to holiday in Mexico before the birth of their child. Hearing of a tranquil island, Francis hires a boat and the couple leave the mainland. When they arrive they find children playing at the dock but no sign of any adults anywhere on the island. At first they assume everyone has left for a carnival but when Francis witnesses the brutal murder of an elderly man at the hands of a group of children, it becomes apparent something sinister is occurring on the island.
Though it's mentioned nowhere in the marketing, 'Come Out & Play' is a remake of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's 1976 Spanish horror movie 'Who Can Kill a Child?'. (The line is even uttered by a character in this version). Stephen King's short story, 'Children of the Corn', later adapted into a long running movie franchise, also borrows heavily from Serrador's film. In Makinov's remake, the English couple holidaying in Spain are replaced by an American couple in Mexico, but it's essentially the same movie, or rather an inferior copy. Serrador attempted a commentary on the effects of war on the young, but, despite dedicating his film to "the martyrs of Stalingrad", Makinov has little interest in anything other than cheap shock tactics.
The film is devoid of suspense or tension, with much of the running time spent following characters wander around the island with no concessions made toward mood or atmosphere. Attempting to make children seem terrifying is a tough ask for any film-maker but Makinov completely fails to convince us that his young antagonists pose any tangible threat. A few years ago, the British film 'The Children' tread similar ground but added dramatic weight by having its killer kids the children of the film's protagonists. There's no such quandary for the lead couple of 'Come Out & Play'. As we have no investment in these children, they may as well be zombies or any other type of movie monster.
What could have been an interesting look at what happens when survival wrestles with morality is instead just another by the numbers horror remake.

The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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