The Haunting of Molly Hartley Reviews

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Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 31, 2008
This is a prime example of horror conceived by people who don't know the genre, for people who don't like horror films. Practically nothing here is interesting, involving, or new, and, worst of all, it isn't even entertaining as pure kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2008
The story's a snooze, so the filmmakers punch it up with smash cuts and thunderclaps that turn the most laughably banal items into cheap jack-in-the-box shocks. They'll make you flinch -- but then again, so will most of the dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 31, 2008
The cinematic equivalent of a razor blade hidden in an apple.
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2008
High school horror flick more dreary than spooky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2008
For those who find bloody noses and whispered voices bone-chilling, heeeeeeere's The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
October 31, 2008
Unfortunately, the performances are so slack and the filmmaking so clunky that any intentional humour gets lost in a sea of inadvertent giggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2008
The Haunting of Molly Hartley flirts with having something to say about budding female sexuality and evangelical religion, but it winds up being a pale copy of several of Roman Polanski's more chilling films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
October 31, 2008
This old-fashioned thriller about satanic pacts and collateral damage delivers tame shocks and a cast full of TV-friendly faces, from Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford to Jake Weber of Medium.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
October 31, 2008
This softcore thriller runs strictly by the numbers.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 31, 2008
It was as predictable as a professional wrestling match and had about as much passion as a drunken sloth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 31, 2008
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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 31, 2008
Even for the holiday, this stinker is a maladroit trick rather than any kind of Halloween treat.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
October 31, 2008
It turns out there's a little more to the story than meets the eye, but much as we'd like to spoil the ending for you, that would be wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 31, 2008
At least High School Musical 3 is proud to be innocent; Haunting is as benign as the gym class bully who backs down at the slightest challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 31, 2008
When it comes to excruciating Halloween activities, I think I'd prefer a Milky Way/razor blade surprise to this asinine, pathetic motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011
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