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The Return (2006)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 47

Unoriginality may be an acceptable risk in the Horror genre, but boredom is never okay.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

Unoriginality may be an acceptable risk in the Horror genre, but boredom is never okay.



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A self-assured Midwestern girl finds her confidence gradually crumbling as a barrage of terrifying visions prompt her to investigate a brutal murder in a supernatural thriller directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Joanna Mills (Gellar) is a successful sales representative for a local trucking company, and though her professional life is at an all-time high, her personal life couldn't be any more troubling at the moment. Estranged from her father (Sam Shepard) and


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Adam Sussman

Feb 27, 2007


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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (47) | DVD (11)

Adam Sussman's script is so thin you can see right through it.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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This murky psychological horror effort is not likely to inspire a return.

November 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Time-killer chiller reps an undistinguished U.S. debut for U.K. helmer Asif Kapadia, though the undernourished script may be most at fault.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her T-shirt.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This low-key supernatural thriller, illogical as it is, offers a brief respite from the gruelling Saws and Hostels of the world.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Built from spare parts left over by American remakes of Japanese copies of "Ringu", "The Return" is at least two steps removed from the first generation copy.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
Beyond Hollywood

It's just a dull, mediocre, and forgettable supernatural drama with wooden performances from its entire cast...

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Too polished to be truly creepy, The Return has more than enough atmosphere to keep you watching - but nowhere near enough mystery.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

The Return is a slow burn that's often way too slow, feeling stretched to meet a running time that's still under 90 minutes.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

a low point in the on-going battle to scare U.S. teens from their allowances

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Stick to vampires, Buffy.

February 12, 2007 Full Review

[The Return] isn't creepy enough to really work properly and there's an over-reliance on sudden soundtrack noises in place of actual scares.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It proves what many people have been suspecting for a while now: SMG is a scream queen for audiences who don't like horror movies.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

She gulps a hell of a lot, her cardigan sleeves are pulled down over her hands and her forehead's slightly furrowed (not too much, mind, it could make her look old). It can only mean one thing: Sarah Michelle Gellar is acting.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

If you are expecting anything new or profound to be added to the Rocky recipe then guess again - there is nothing fresh or original here, simply a wellconstructed and engagingly-performed film that will tick all the right boxes for Rocky fans.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

A large step backwards for a promising director and far from the return we'd been hoping for.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

full review in Greek

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

...merely a good ending in search of a proper build-up.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

[The Return is] more haunting than it has any right to be, thanks to its love of long, lonesome highways and the way the violence of the past bleeds into the present.

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Why is Sam Shepard in this movie?

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for The Return

Some scenes were really scary. Nice movie.
February 19, 2011
Dead Angel

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Utterly boring throughout, which is a shame because I feel a lot more could have been made from this storyline. I can?t really call this an anti-climax as that would suggest there a build up before hand.
April 3, 2009

Super Reviewer

Most people put this in the category of supernatural thriller, well it didn't thrill me. To me the best part of the movie was the 2 car wrecks at the end. Funny thing is during the whole movie didn't see one cop, and hey do you know how to dial 911 Bozo, glad this one was a rental, and more glad I didn't see it in the theater. Not even worth the $1.00 movie theater. And if you buy it you mort the likely will RETURN IT. 2 Stars Baby
January 19, 2009
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Very disappointing. A drab looking brunette Sarah Michelle Gellar running around a small town, having flashes about the death or some woman who may or may not have a link to her. It wasn't especially interesting, or scary, and I literally had to do research to understand the ending. Now that I get it, I still don't get it. LOL. Not wanting to spell it out and ruin it for someone who might want to watch this, but to me, it just seemed ridiculous that this situation would happen to an 11 year old. The acting is fine, but it's just such a confusing, silly story. Try "The Skeleton Key" for a better version of this type of thing. SMG should have stayed on Buffy for a few more years!!!
January 19, 2008

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