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Sightseers Reviews

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
December 4, 2012
Director Ben Wheatley's uncompromising style fits the deadpan humour perfectly but despite the movie's comic tones, the characters are still so unappealing that the movie's overall nature proves restrictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 11, 2013
Initially funny and imaginative, but increasingly lazy, unfunny and tedious. It would have worked better as a short.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.212/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2013
It's the sort of snappy little idea that would probably work better as a short film, but when Wheatley latches onto a concept as big as his talent, I bet we'll be in for something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 9, 2013
Working from a script by Ms. Lowe and Mr. Oram, Mr. Wheatley continues in the same bludgeoning, amusingly if dubiously deadpan fashion for what soon feels like an overextended joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 10, 2013
What begins as an alert and witty barbed satire degenerates into a senseless bloodbath in the black comedy "Sightseers."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 29, 2012
There are a few laughs; a few wise nods. But before the end fatigue arrives and doesn't go away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
May 5, 2013
Sightseers is not worth seeing at all.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 19, 2012
Wheatley has infused much of the film's midsection with a meandering feel that only grows more and more problematic as time progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 15, 2013
Would make an apt double feature with director Bobcat Goldthwait's recent 'God Bless America,' a similar road trip-as-murder rampage comedy in which people with bad taste and annnoying habits are targeted for 'deserved' extinction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
May 9, 2013
The film proceeds with a lazy, sketch-like feel that makes more sense after considering that these characters began on stage; the material was reconceived as a movie after a TV pilot failed to ignite.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 28, 2012
For all the miles its nerdy murderers rack up in their caravan, Sightseers doesn't really go anywhere.
Marc Mohan
February 21, 2013
It's neither grounded enough to be genuinely horrifying nor over the top enough to be nastily fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 8, 2013
A morose, unsettling blend of pathology for sport and murder for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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May 9, 2013
It may be the satirist's credo to spare no one, but in Sightseers, no one is spared Wheatley's smug superiority.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
The film is certainly funny, but the laughs aren't as constant as you'd hope from a film like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 17, 2013
It's funny and dark, but it's also unconventionally insightful and full of heart - or at least the hearts that are left beating.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2013
Lowe and Oram have been living with these characters for years, and it shows. The acting is very funny and well-observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
SIGHTSEERS is a wickedly funny, brutal little film, one with crushed skulls and huge laughs and a dreadfully clever use of Gloria Jones' original version of "Tainted Love."
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
The 'romantic comedy' is possibly the most lifeless of all modern genres and Sightseers gives it a literal blood transfusion. Cultdom awaits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
May 6, 2013
Ben Wheatley's latest film delivers horror in the most unexpected ways, but that wouldn't be possible without a darkly enjoyable script and delightfully unsettling performances by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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