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House of Wax Reviews


Time Out New York
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August 17, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 14, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It had a great sense of humor about itself.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 9, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.

May 6, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 6, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

May 6, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A very stupid, very nasty and very messy horror film.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

May 6, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 6, 2005
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Wretched excuse for a horror flick.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A standard-issue 'dead teenager movie.'

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

May 6, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A remake in title only, this House of Wax is mostly inspired by The Twilight Zone and the Friday the 13th movies.

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

May 6, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The original was shot in 3-D; this, by contrast, is 1-D all the way.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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+

May 6, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The acting in House of Wax is as horrible as you might expect.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The acting in House of Wax ranges from bad to worse.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 5, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2005
Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
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A by-the-numbers slasher flick.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2005
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

May 5, 2005
Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A crummy horror flick.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

May 5, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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The remake of House of Wax anchors itself firmly in the time-honored tradition of horror exploitations.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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There's more to good filmmaking than buying the rights to a classic title.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 5, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

May 4, 2005
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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A museum of gory, joyless, easy shocks.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 4, 2005
Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 3, 2005
Scott Foundas
Variety
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The characters are about as intelligent as their waxen alter-egos, making it impossible to care too much about what happens to them.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 28, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

April 26, 2005
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