The Hills Have Eyes Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2006
It's just nasty.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 10, 2006
... Aja and his gorehound ilk are making movies that simply wallow in state-of-the-art displays of torture, sadism and sexual humiliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 10, 2006
... a brilliantly reimagined version of Wes Craven's 1977 micro-budget horror classic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2006
... a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2006
These Hills are more to be endured than enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 10, 2006
When its makers, director Alexandre Aja and his co-writer Gregory Levasseur, apply the fresh gloss to the old grit, they remember to apply the thinnest layer possible without skimping on the roughhouse humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 10, 2006
The Hills Have Eyes is the latest revision to reach theaters, and it's one of the ugliest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 10, 2006
New horror films, like Aja's, simply shock us with the blunt imagery of heads being axed or blown up, and of limbs being chopped or ripped off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 10, 2006
Hills' new mix of old elements somehow feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 10, 2006
This is not a remake or reinterpretation of Craven's film so much as a recapitulation of ideas from that film and other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 10, 2006
Filled with gristle, gore and mutant mayhem, The Hills Have Eyes is a blood feast for horror fans hungering for something more than the by-rote splatter platters that lately have been filling movie theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 10, 2006
Hills is the unadulterated stuff, no cut, no chaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 10, 2006
This vivid but brutal remake of Wes Craven's 1977 cult favorite The Hills Have Eyes made me a little sick with its gore and extreme violence.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 10, 2006
Consider it as one of the first decent 'Why do they hate us' horror flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
From complete dismemberment to extreme shotgun violence, Aja & Co. not only pull out the stops on this one, they decimate them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2006
The film has an unpredictable quality that keeps viewers unnerved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 9, 2006
For me, life is too short for a movie that makes death inexorably long. I would say that it is unendurable. I endured it so you don't have to.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 9, 2006
Torturing the audience is not the same thing as scaring them, and I'm not sure Aja can tell the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
March 9, 2006
Snobs may balk, purists will be appalled, but this new and exceedingly nasty version of Wes Craven's 1977 cult shocker is awfully good at what it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 9, 2006
This remake of the alleged 1977 Wes Craven classic has one very disturbing quality: It's too damned good.
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2006
The desert may look barren, but fear not, bloodthirsty irradiated mutants soon show up to party hearty.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 9, 2006
Using considerable creative intelligence and millions of dollars with no purpose other than profit by inspiring bloodlust is monstrous.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 9, 2006
The story is more focused on a kind of meat-market smorgasbord mixed with political the-government-did-this-to-us overtones. It doesn't really work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 9, 2006
And to think that the French wonder why we hate them!
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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'.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 8, 2006
Aja also comes out squarely against nuclear testing. How brave. What good is a wallow in sicko sadism if you take all the fun out of it?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 8, 2006
Yes, folks, it's a message movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 8, 2006
Hills isn't terrible, only terribly unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 7, 2006
The net effect would be doze-inducing if in fact the Dolby didn't attempt to wake the dead.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 3, 2006
There's a distinct letdown after an astonishing and unexpected opening section, as if the gravitational pull toward trash-kitsch horror was too much to resist.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 2, 2006
This remake of the 1977 Wes Craven cult classic is brutally horrific. And that's a compliment.