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Sinister Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2012
Ellison's fascination with celluloid to solve a crime recalls Antonioni's Blowup, but Scott Derrickson is unable to conjure an aura that isn't as transparent and weightless as a ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 11, 2012
That title is off the mark. Here's a better one: "Stupid."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
October 11, 2012
In its plot and even its title, the movie feels like a grab bag of every popular horror trope of the last 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 11, 2012
Its slow build is more dull than involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 11, 2012
It whiffs on a horror film fundamental: Nobody seems to be all that scared.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
October 10, 2012
[Villain] Mr. Boogie shows up too often to be effective, but is kept too mysterious to be interesting. Also, he looks like a heavy metal band's attempt to create their own Eddie-like mascot.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 4, 2012
Frankly, Ellison is an annoying prat and there aren't enough scares or story developments to keep you hooked, though the ending works well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
James Rocchi
Boxoffice Magazine
October 9, 2012
It turns found footage into a lost opportunity
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 11, 2012
Sinister' may make you jump at predictable intervals, but it never rattles your existential certainties the way truly subversive horror does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 12, 2012
Passage to the solid stuff is blocked by brazenly cheap scares, a hazy monster mythos, unreasonably idiotic characters, and excessive length, making Sinister an absolute chore to enjoy in full.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
Writer-director Scott Derrickson does absolutely nothing right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 12, 2012
C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 13, 2012
More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 4, 2012
The ensuing plot has the cogency of one of those dishes you cook up, one inspiration-free night, from everything left over in the fridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 7, 2014
In its own right, it's atmospheric, just not very memorable or scary.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 2, 2012
This so-so, occasionally effective horror film combines found-footage creepiness and haunted-house scares - but is stronger on mood than story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 8, 2012
The psychological vagaries of real people who commit terrible crimes and real people who investigate them are not in the cards here, not when the unaccountable supernatural can be hauled in...
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