House of Wax Reviews

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Time Out
August 17, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 14, 2005
Filled with the usual contemporary horror staples, most notably lots of rusty torture implements and cellphones that tend to scurry mischievously out of reach just as the villain bears down on his prey.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 9, 2005
It had a great sense of humor about itself.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 6, 2005
You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 6, 2005
This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 6, 2005
When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, 'Follow the smell.' Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 6, 2005
A very stupid, very nasty and very messy horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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May 6, 2005
It's nowhere near as punishing as Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, but it's increasingly tense and resourceful and, in the end, it gets the sick job done.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 6, 2005
Wretched excuse for a horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2005
The debut feature from director Jaume Collet-Serra does two things rare in the horror genre: It takes its time and it actually gets better as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
A standard-issue 'dead teenager movie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2005
The movie would have been creepier if it had shut us inside the museum, and given us more creative wax-based killings instead of revisiting familiar slasher-flick stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
A remake in title only, this House of Wax is mostly inspired by The Twilight Zone and the Friday the 13th movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 6, 2005
Yet for a so-called exploitation film, Wax is slow to exploit. Its leisurely setup is a fright-challenged snooze, and at nearly two hours it's bloated for a slasher flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2005
The original was shot in 3-D; this, by contrast, is 1-D all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 6, 2005
There is not one redeeming moment in this movie, unless you consider Paris Hilton stripping down to her underwear and getting killed redeeming.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 6, 2005
The acting in House of Wax is as horrible as you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 6, 2005
The acting in House of Wax ranges from bad to worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 6, 2005
House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2005
Related to the 1953 Vincent Price film in name, embalming technique and Warner Bros. pedigree only, the new House of Wax is a dreary, predictable tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 5, 2005
The set design is fairly elaborate by the standards of the genre, and the victims don't die in precisely the order you might expect, but everything else goes pretty much according to formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2005
A by-the-numbers slasher flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2005
House of Wax is a sturdy and cohesive representative of what tends to be a flimsy and tawdry B-movie genre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 5, 2005
A crummy horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 5, 2005
A horror movie can get away with a lot, but once it crosses a certain line, it is insulting to viewers. House of Wax crosses that line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 5, 2005
As slick as it is, House of Wax basically serves up the kind of gory, oozing jolts that will transport some toward a kind of antic release and others towards the nearest exits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2005
The remake of House of Wax anchors itself firmly in the time-honored tradition of horror exploitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
May 5, 2005
There's more to good filmmaking than buying the rights to a classic title.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 4, 2005
Hilton runs the gamut of emotions from A to A-minus, and the others look desperate to forget that this dazzlingly dumb debacle will be on their resumes.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2005
A museum of gory, joyless, easy shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
First-time director Jaume Collet-Serra lingers over the victims at lengths discomfortingly gratuitous even by slasher standards. But he also demonstrates a droll touch.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 28, 2005
The characters are about as intelligent as their waxen alter-egos, making it impossible to care too much about what happens to them.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2005
Characters are rote and unremarkable, plot devices predictable and the camera cheats by sticking close to actors so a viewer cannot see from where the next shock will come.