While I was watching the film, I was distracted by elements of the Idiot Plot Syndrome -- moments when only an idiot would have made such obvious mistakes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
One is left longing for Hitchcock's dark, daring wit and disturbingly amoral insights.
Too often disappointingly thin.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: F
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 4/5
Ruben's surprisingly resonant and durable tale ... cannily reflects, in a larger way, the era of its creation
| Original Score: B+
One of the classiest thrillers to never come out of Hollywood
That's really all the movie needs to work: a sublime villain, with tight, driven direction, perfectly sturdy, effective writing, and a heroine who we can believe in.
| Original Score: 8/10
A high water mark of 1980s horror/suspense.
| Original Score: 3/4
An engrossing suspense thriller that refreshingly doesn't cheat the audience in terms of valid clues and plot twists.
A wonderful horror film because the people are so ordinary
The key to this movie is O'Quinn as the title character. He's a scary bastard, and as an actor he commits to the role.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The Stepfather is the full package: fast-paced, well-acted, suspenseful and brimming with bursts of nasty violence.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
...ultimately manages to overcome its almost aggressively uneven atmosphere to establish itself as a solid little '80s thriller.
The Stepfather makes use of a classic fairy tale device--the false parent--but it turns out to have a powerful effect upon one's involvement with the characters.