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Stitches Reviews

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Stitches has all the makings of a perfect cult classic, effortlessly blending comedically dark clown work by Ross Noble with grade "A" horror shenanigans - plus you can't ignore that distinctively schlocky 80s feel.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

April 6, 2013
Natasha Hodgson
SFX Magazine

A must for those who appreciate imaginative gore-mongering, with scene after scene of brain-scooping, lung-exploding, eye-javelin-ing brilliance.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

This low-budget throwback to Eighties slasher movies is stronger on gory deaths than lethal one-liners but if you have the stomach for it, it's an efficient little shocker.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2012
Grant Rollings
Sun Online

Anyone with a fear of clowns would suffer an irreversible breakdown if they watched this kids' entertainer as he goes on a murderous spree of vengeance.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

October 25, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The horror-comedy genre is notoriously hard to pull off, but this Irish effort makes a decent, trashy fist of it.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

October 25, 2012
Matthew Turner

Stitches gets the gore-to-laughs ratio exactly right and is often both inventive and side-splittingly funny, but it's also slightly let down by dodgy dialogue, poor performances and lacklustre direction.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2012
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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It's like a twisted balloon animal filled with blood and guts, waiting to burst.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 23, 2012
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film

A Halloween crowd-pleaser that's missing a few tricks and treats.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2012
Todd Gilchrist

Aiming for a gruesomely silly vibe that plays like equal parts American Pie and Evil Dead 2, Stitches preys on teenage foibles and clown clichés alike, offering mostly solid if not quite cult-classic-level fun.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 12, 2013

Neither funny nor scary, just amateurish in a bad student film way.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 1/5

October 29, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Imitation blood flows like a tsunami and the aim of disgusting the audience while raising a few heartless laughs proves moderately successful.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 28, 2012
Niki Boyle
The List

Stitches is bursting at the seams with good ideas, but director Conor McMahon stumbles when it comes to the execution.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 2012
Rich Cline

There are moments of inspired black comedy in this Irish slasher spoof, but the movie is undermined by its obviously miniscule budget.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 26, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

It somehow wasn't funny or scary enough - though I do have to admit it is always more than revolting enough.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Paul Callaghan
Little White Lies

There's nothing inherently funny or provocative about a bunch of obnoxious kids being relentlessly horrible to a psychologically troubled peer.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

October 25, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Often playing as bright and colourful as the clown's outfit itself, Stitches is better as an idea than it is in execution.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Deeply icky on many different levels, with Ross Noble's feature debut illuminated by stomach-churning effects.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

it is for the over-the-top inventiveness of its latex gore effects that Stitches is most memorable. Unfortunately, though, despite the best efforts of its young cast, the film is more crude and mean-spirited than ever actually scary or funny.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

August 31, 2012
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