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Intruders (2012)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 45

Intruders has a fantastic first act but then settles into a bland plot and scare tactics that aren't all too scary.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 14

Intruders has a fantastic first act but then settles into a bland plot and scare tactics that aren't all too scary.



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Intruders tells parallel stories of two families whose lives are disrupted by menacing apparitions: in Spain, a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless stranger, while in Britain, a young girl has terrifying dreams of a demon who becomes a real danger to her and her family. -- (C) Universal


Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Jul 17, 2012


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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (45) | DVD (6)

Gets disappointingly literal with what proves to be a goofy psychological story.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source:
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This is ... an intelligent, scary little movie. Because it's smart enough to know what's really scary is what's inside us.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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"Intruders'' looks great and has a promising opening, but this atmospheric Spanish psychological thriller is otherwise pretty underwhelming.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Why do so many horror movies that begin with promise fall apart in the final act?

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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If you don't guess the big twist in the first 30 minutes, "Intruders" is half of a good movie. If you do, it's about a third of a good movie.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a pleasure to find that Mr. Fresnadillo has assumed the mantle of horror classicist to make "Intruders," using shadows and directorial sleights of hand to coax forth its slow-building scares rather than just pouring on the usual guts and gore.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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I could think of a half dozen things that INTRUDERS almost says, but the film doesn't take the time to actually say any of them.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

Intruders is a thriller hybrid that goes a long way and it is definitely worth the watch.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"Intruders" is a horror film that has absolutely nothing memorable or noteworthy about it.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

The story jumps back and forth between the two countries and quickly becomes tedious and only mildly scary. The ending might surprise you if you manage to stay awake. A compelling story with more chills and a clearer plotline could have helped.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Intruders is a slow-going psychological thriller with very few thrills and little intrigue.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Owen is always at least good, and here he's perfectly cast.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Intruders was either the victim of reshoots and postproduction meddling or it desperately needed some.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenCrush

Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has created a fascinating hybrid -- and a moody, spooky movie besides.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Treats a molehill of an idea as though it were a mountain of fright.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

With Intruders , Fresnadillo has made a small but quality film that will make you furrow your brow as much as bite your nails.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Defying science and religion both and striking at the darkest places in the psyche, it exposes the fragility of both life and of sanity.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Proves conclusively that not all Spaniards make good horror movies.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

One more bummer supernatural thriller, all too easy to figure out and with an arty overlay that mitigates pulpy enjoyment.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Joins the crowded subgenre of childhood boogeyman scare-fests that fail to find the spine-tingling power of what we think may be under the bed.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

The mildly incoherent script simply doesn't generate enough suspense or provide enough scares to allow viewers to invest in its outcome.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

More adventurous viewers will discover a challenging picture that bends reality in a subtle matter, taking an alternative path to sniff out some scares.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Never compels the viewer to buy into any of this or to invest emotionally. And the scary stuff is only frighteningly bland.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The net effect is like what happens on Halloween when a teenager who's too old and much too tall to be out trick-or-treating knocks on your door wearing a painstakingly constructed but zero-scare-factor hobo costume.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Intruders

One of those movies that started out with a lot of promise, but by the end I was like "huh?". Too bad, as par for the course for most horror films these days...
February 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Back in the VHS boom of the eighties I spent way too much time watching horror movies. You see, back then horror was the genre of choice for straight to video productions and my local rental stores would get about five new genre titles a week. The most anticipated tapes were those featuring a recurring villain, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Chucky, The Critters etc. The current cycle of horror has been lacking a franchise with such a character but "Intruders" may just have given us one. His name is Hollowface and his schtick is lurking in kid's closets, awaiting the chance to steal their faces. He's a pretty good addition to the horror villain roster, almost a cross between Candyman and Freddy Krueger, but sadly doesn't get the movie he deserves here.
Fresnadilla previously helmed "28 Weeks Later" and didn't do a very good job but at least here he eschews the rapid editing that butchered that movie. He instead goes for brooding atmosphere but lacks the skill to create any real tension.
For a genre film this has a lot of quality acting talent but it's Purnell as Owen's victimised daughter who really shines here. Last year she showed Kiera Knightley to be average at best by playing her younger self in "Never Let Me Go" and the Waffler predicts a big future for her.
The main problem with this movie is that the film-makers take it too seriously and just don't have the skill to aim so high. If they focus more on their villain this could potentially become a fun little straight to DVD franchise.
January 29, 2012
The Movie Waffler

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What starts as an intense and thoughtful exploration into the nature of fear turns into a poorly constructed thriller that half heartily examines post traumatic stress disorder.
July 29, 2012
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Really, really, really dumb. One of the worst "scary" or "thrilling" movies I've seen because it is neither.
July 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. John Farrow: Sue. Tell them!
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    1. John Farrow: Monsters are cowards. You stand up to them they run away.
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