The Return universally fails to establish any sense of reality, which makes it hard to register when Joanna's world starts falling apart.
| Original Score: 2/5
Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Although it's being advertised as a horror movie, The Return actually invents a new genre: the bore-or movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too polished to be truly creepy, The Return has more than enough atmosphere to keep you watching - but nowhere near enough mystery.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Michelle Gellar may have ditched the Grudge franchise, but her predilection for illogical horror continues with The Return.
A bleak, listless horror film that hews so closely in plot and tone to Gellar's The Grudge that it might as well be a sequel
| Original Score: D
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.
I've not witnessed a more torturously boring, convoluted, and eye-wateringly moronic chiller this year.
| Original Score: F
...merely a good ending in search of a proper build-up.
Gellar, who isn't bad with comedy, can't do drama, even in the chocolate-colored hair she wears this time.
| Original Score: 2/4
A bland affair with a few clever twists here and there.
A film so formless and pointless that you may find yourself wondering who the target audience was supposed to be.
| Original Score: 1/5
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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.
Why is Sam Shepard in this movie?
| Original Score: C-
Asif Kapadia's The Return is a visually sumptuous but emotionally stillborn thriller that may be a bit too modest for its own good.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A large step backwards for a promising director and far from the return we'd been hoping for.
| Original Score: 2/10