The Hills Have Eyes Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 9, 2006
Every time the movie veers toward political commentary and threatens to become interesting, Aja just throws some more severed limbs onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2006
It is not faulty logic that derails The Hills have Eyes, however, but faulty drama. The movie is a one-trick pony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 9, 2006
It's fair to say that this is one of the better horror films in recent months but that's more a comment on the weak field than it is a statement of unqualified praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 11, 2006
If these hills only had eyes, it would be one thing but parents should know that they also have mutants wielding pickaxes which results in a disturbingly graphic movie not suitable for sensitive audiences of any age or species.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2006
Like the Chainsaw rehash, Eyes borrows its title and narrative from a memorably grungy '70s artifact and then proceeds to hammer each new atrocity into your skull with a quarter of the skill and 10 times the blatancy of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
July 15, 2008
It is an artfully crafted exercise in high-octane style, bolstered by a stronger cast than most horror films could ever hope to assemble, but it's a bitter, sleazy little pill that leaves an ugly aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 8, 2006
As grim, grisly and gratuitous as the original movie, this remake serves about as little purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2006
It's just nasty.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 20, 2006
What's fundamentally missing is the anarchic, irrational unpredictability that made the original so terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 9, 2006
At some point, it stops being fun and just becomes grueling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 10, 2006
Hills is a straight up, run-of-the-mill, slasher film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 11, 2008
It's self-conscious nastiness, once removed from its motivating source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 10, 2006
It's pretty dull to watch people killing each other for an hour and a half, no matter how bloody the pickax work gets.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 9, 2006
There is a strange lack of tension and no real jolts of fear in this remake of the 1977 Wes Craven film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
March 10, 2006
...given its source material, there was much room for improvement. It's just too bad that the only things Aja could improve on were the makeup and gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
March 9, 2006
A rather pointless exercise that reinforces the age-old adage 'If it ain't broke, don't remake it'.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 13, 2006
These Hills might have eyes, but they could have used some brains, or at least a steadier hand and a less contemptible sensibility to guide the grisly proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 9, 2006
Each mutant looks silly with makeup and masks that look like they were purchased at Wal-Mart
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 24, 2006
Where is the fun in a movie like this? There are no jolts, no flashes of humor, no camp aspect, no winking at the audience--just bloodletting that crosses the line. Those who want this sort of thing can have it.
| Original Score: D
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2006
In effect, this remake is a cover song recorded in a slicker studio with the best equipment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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