• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Scott Derrickson
    In Theaters:
    Oct 12, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 19, 2013
  • Lionsgate Films


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Sinister Reviews

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2012
Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ...

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 12, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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As the best horror stories so often do, "Sinister" makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 11, 2012
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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As much as "Sinister" wants to tell a story, there isn't much of a story to be told.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Relies more on "gotcha" moments than storytelling.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Now this is a scary movie. And, given that it's a horror film, that means it's a good one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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[Director Scott Derrickson finds] new ways to frame the same rooms from one scene to the next and providing comic relief whenever the action threatens to turn monotonously grim.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 11, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 11, 2012
James Berardinelli
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In true horror movie tradition, characters do things that are head-scratchingly dumb. Once you accept those logic-defying moments, the movie works with diabolical effectiveness.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Sinister' may make you jump at predictable intervals, but it never rattles your existential certainties the way truly subversive horror does.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 11, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's something smarter, and truly creepy-crawly, about the way this movie sneaks up on your ears.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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That title is off the mark. Here's a better one: "Stupid."

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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An occult thriller that scares with an absolute relentlessness.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

October 11, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Sinister" is an undeniably scary movie, with performances adding enough human interest to give depth to the basic building blocks of horror.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

October 10, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Enjoyably edgy fright flick meshes serial-killer and haunted house ingredients.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 10, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Sinister is a joyless ride, and its frights are too contrived to be surprising, yet somewhere, stashed in the attic, is a much less foolish film with Hawke at its heart.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 10, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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A proficient, rattling horror story.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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This so-so, occasionally effective horror film combines found-footage creepiness and haunted-house scares - but is stronger on mood than story.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Your pants. Do you like having them scared off you? Then you and your pants will enjoy Sinister.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

March 13, 2012
Peter Debruge
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The scares are not just intense but unyielding in this compelling horror yarn from The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 12, 2012
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