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Haunter Reviews

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Dee Rudebeck

A good performance from Breslin keeps tension alive, but hope for a really scary and inventive fright dies screaming in the basement.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2014
Calum Marsh
Village Voice
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Has an elegance roughly on par with a Goosebumps novel, refusing to follow its own contradictory rules and barely sustaining a pretense of internal logic.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 15, 2013
Perri Nemiroff
We Got This Covered

Haunter is a step down for director Vincenzo Natali, but yet another step up for Abigail Breslin, who continues to prove herself as a leading lady.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

October 7, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats, at the expense of elaborating on his main character's growing feelings of isolation and torment.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2013
Josh Modell
AV Club
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The occasionally intriguing, but ultimately middling Haunter is caught in some kind of gauzy haunted-house purgatory between a girl-powered YA story and a ghostly serial-killer mystery.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

October 17, 2013
Nick Schager
The Dissolve

Regrettably, while Haunter is initially soon proves incapable of unraveling its conceit, except through excessively convoluted means.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 16, 2013
Simon Abrams

"Haunter" has a solid setup, but the further Natali and King coax you into their labyrinth, the harder it becomes to appreciate what initially made their film so promising.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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The plot spirals into increasing fuzziness ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Natali's weakest film since 2003's Nothing...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 7, 2013
Drew Taylor
The Playlist

We're all for "deliberate pacing," but this is better described as "patience testing." None of the spark or verve that is present in Natali's other films is present here. It's as dusty as a Victorian ghost story without any of the actual scares.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D

March 10, 2013
Dustin Putman

Never completely loses the viewer's interest, but the edgy, enigmatic would-be momentum goes slack in the second half as the slim plot extends to 97 minutes when 80 would have made for a tauter experience.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

anchored by a game performance by young Breslin, who deserves much, much better than this.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

October 23, 2013
Matt Prigge

Without distraction, attention can drift to the poor, cheesy lo-fi effects, which look as shifty as they did in Natali's 'Cypher,' but without the relentlessly nutty plot twists that jerk us merrily around.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2013
Travis Hopson

It's a puzzling, beautifully constructed reverse ghost story that shows Natali is unafraid to push the envelope regardless of the genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 6, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film

Though [Natali's] haunted-house tale ultimately lacks the strong storytelling its high concept calls for, it still compels with its ambition, occasional eloquence, and heart-in-the-right- place vibe.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014
William Bibbiani

Clever, unexpected, and elevated by an engaging leading lady performance from Abigail Breslin. It's also convoluted as hell.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

March 15, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2013
William Goss
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Haunter continues the close-but-no-cigar tradition of Natali's post-Cube endeavors.

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March 13, 2013
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