Sinister Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Even the daytime scenes are shrouded in such deep shadows, you're mainly left wondering why nobody ever just turns on the damn lights.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 7, 2014
In its own right, it's atmospheric, just not very memorable or scary.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 11, 2013
One of the more authentically scary horror thrillers to haunt the screen in some time, a product of smart filmmaking, intriguing premise and a great lead performance from Ethan Hawke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2013
Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
June 2, 2013
Hawke brings a gravitas to the role of parent and home protector that is of far greater interest than the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 31, 2013
Sinister is a subtle, poetic inquisition into the hypnotic power of horrific images ... oh and it's frightening entertainment at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
May 27, 2013
The much loved Ethan Hawke finds himself in a cheap and cheerless horror film watching images of murders and trying to find the boogie-man before the bad acting around him causes him too much grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 26, 2013
I especially like inventive horror concepts, or those with a bizarre sense of humour. Sinister has the former: inventiveness, which is increasingly difficult to create in a genre as enormous as horror
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
Sinister overcomes an iffy script to reel you in with one seriously creepy vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
It owes more than a debt of gratitude to The Shining and The Ring, among others, but Derrickson processes the chilling influences into an eerie experience mindful of the significance of projected images watched alone in the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
November 3, 2012
Is it scary? Creepy is more like it. "Sinister" makes you feel uneasy, lulls you into sleepy mode and then slaps you with a couple of cheap scares.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
Hawke is utterly convincing as the driven but dodgy writer and Derrickson has great fun infecting the quivering audience with his hero's creeping paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
October 28, 2012
Slow down the number of demonic spirit movies, start thinking twice before settling on the "kids are scary" idea again, and start coming up with something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 23, 2012
Ethan Hawke creates a believable character who wants to write a best seller, but that is the only thing in this movie that rings true or logical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 22, 2012
has the all too rare virtue of being a horror film with a fine gloss of originality and genuine surprise to it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 20, 2012
Scary but contrived... .
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Falls short of great horror
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 19, 2012
Derrickson is a sharp stylist who knows how to meld dreadful imagery with actual ideas that make his horror films more than just exercises in goose-the-audience manipulation
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
October 19, 2012
Writer/director Scott Derrickson has a touch for using old horror movie tools to create new scares, and he also incorporates several interesting themes into Sinister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 18, 2012
A most delicious kind of horror movie... gives us a nice adrenaline boost and otherwise doesn't linger.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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