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The Apparition (2012)



Average Rating: 2.2/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 58

The Apparition fails to offer anything original, isn't particularly scary, and offers so little in the way of dramatic momentum that it's more likely to put you to sleep than thrill you.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

The Apparition fails to offer anything original, isn't particularly scary, and offers so little in the way of dramatic momentum that it's more likely to put you to sleep than thrill you.



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When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Nov 27, 2012


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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (58) | DVD (2)

This horror movie from Warner Bros. is nothing special, but it's nice to see a modest genre entertainment buoyed by a major studio's resources.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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The entity is a ghostly presence amid an even ghostlier absence. This is truly distressed real estate.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Something lacking either body heat or visceral suspense.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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For casual viewers desiring a few scares, some suspense and a sustained sense of dread and malevolence, you could do worse.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (38)
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Lights flicker; soap and cactuses blacken; claw marks appear; icky molds gather like hornet nests.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Devoid of scares and energy, the picture is all bumps in the night and has nothing to set it apart from its other forgettable post-Japanese horror contemporaries.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In so many ways a missed opportunity, The Apparition looked like it could conjure a few scares in telling the story of a couple haunted by an entity they helped release, but this Ashley Greene vehicle fades into the void with a yawn.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source:

None of this matters at all because the main characters are completely unlikable, and the momentum is consistently ruined by poor decision-making.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source:

It's frightening to think that a major studio like Warner Brothers would not only release a film this bad into theaters nationwide, but that it would even green light it in the first place.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source:

Dull, dreary, pointless and bad, sporting shock scenes that don't shock, a grisly premise that doesn't make sense, and a meager cast of mostly uninterested-looking Hollywood lookers.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie City News
Movie City News

From start to finish, the movie basks in horrible horror clichés that will leave viewers straining to find something original in the proceedings.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

a softball horror film, made for 13-year-old girls at a slumber party wanting to be sort of scared

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This new supernatural thriller by first-time director Todd Lincoln has stinker written all over it. In indelible ink.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The apparition, because it's lame, spends a lot of its time tying clothes into knots, moving dressers, and opening doors.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

When I finally get around to writing a textbook, this is going to be one of my primary examples of how not to make a horror movie.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

I like a good ghost story, but 'The Apparition' is nothing like a good ghost story. It's more like a Syfy Channel show where they try to scare people in a darkened room.

November 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A thinly sketched paranormal thriller stripped almost bare of anything that might provide some color, complication or personality.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

The Apparition is a rare example of filmmaking failure that is so complete, it will exacerbate its audience in nearly every way possible.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Every fo paux The Apparition commits stems from a general atmosphere lacking any vibrant heartbeat, creating characters and conflicts which are tragically birthed on life support.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Todd Lincoln, in his directorial debut, shows the restraint of a young Val Lewton. Things go bad oh-so-slowly ...

September 2, 2012 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

When you look into this abyss, it yawns back at you.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Plants wither and furniture is rearranged, as if the demon were an inconsiderate housesitter.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The whole ordeal only lasts 82 minutes, but that's still too long for a film with no ambition aside from lightening your wallet.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comments (5)

Doesn't offer anything new, let alone entertaining.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for The Apparition

It's exactly what you think it will be. No better or worse than any other straight to dvd horror movie.
Felt like watching something creepy with a few scares and this delivers.
I think this movie has been unfairly panned. While it's not a masterpiece, it does make sense and, honestly, do you usually rent an unheard of horror movie for the great acting?
As it happens, cast is fine. Ashley Green is a decent actress, got to admit, she and the boyfriend are both so pretty it does feel a bit like an advert at first, but again, that's typical in this genre. Tom Felton is pretty good as well.
End credits are very nice to look at also.
I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to run out and purchase this, but if it happened to be on TV, I don't think it's a total waste of an hour and a bit. (Not all that long either at under 80 minutes).
July 9, 2014

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"Apparition" is the type of movie that makes you appreciate other movies, that you otherwise take for granted. This is kind of like "Paranormal Activity", only with a budget and zero of the creativity. "Activity" may not be a great horror movie, but when it came out it was inventive and unique. This is a rip off, and a very bad one at that. It's about a couple who are haunted in their home by a presence that was summoned during a college experiment. The acting is horrible, the story is generic, and the execution is poor. There is long stretches of just "spooky" music that doesn't move the story along, or provide any real suspense. All this movie made me want to do was re-watch the first "Paranormal Activity". If your a fan of horror or movies in general, you will probably be disappointed with this.
December 14, 2012
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December 4, 2012
Liam Gadd

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two and a half
November 30, 2012
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    1. Patrick: If we can pull this off, we'll prove that anything supernatural when people believe in them.
    – Submitted by Brita C (23 months ago)
    1. Maggie: Your house killed my dog.
    – Submitted by Alex K (2 years ago)
    1. Patrick: Just wait until my father hears about this Potter!
    – Submitted by Christopher M (2 years ago)
    1. Patrick: It knows you're afraid.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Kelly: Well, what does it want from us?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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