The Return Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
This low-key supernatural thriller, illogical as it is, offers a brief respite from the gruelling Saws and Hostels of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 16, 2007
Adam Sussman's script is so thin you can see right through it.
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
January 15, 2007
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 15, 2007
It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 15, 2006
As a superb example of a filmmaker more than making the most of his material, it's a fascinating experience, even though that material is wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 13, 2006
Driven by imagery rather than dialogue, rising tension rather than action, The Return depends on the actress' ability to convey plot development through subtle changes in expression rather than the kick-boxing moves for which she's become known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dallas Morning News
November 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2006
A simple ghost story that is, for all its faults, elegantly told, and compellingly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 10, 2006
A spiffy, satisfyingly old-fashioned thriller with supernatural overtones that hangs together and, at barely eighty minutes, doesn't overstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 31, 2007
A bland affair with a few clever twists here and there.
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 12, 2007
Too polished to be truly creepy, The Return has more than enough atmosphere to keep you watching - but nowhere near enough mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
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.
Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com
March 12, 2007
a low point in the on-going battle to scare U.S. teens from their allowances
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
March 1, 2007
Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Aaron Lupton
Rue Morgue Magazine
February 12, 2007
Stick to vampires, Buffy.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 20, 2007
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
January 16, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
January 15, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 20, 2007

Irish Times
January 19, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 22, 2006
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Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2006
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