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The Apparition (2012)



Average Rating: 2.2/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 53

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: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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 (55) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (53) | 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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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

A run of the mill horror flick that gets worse and worse as it progresses

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's simply one of the worst horror movies I've ever seen in my life; such a waste of time being in that theater. It's so wholly awful it's almost an acheivement how bad it is.

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Apparition

"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
Everett Johnson

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December 4, 2012
Liam Gadd

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two and a half
November 30, 2012
MisterYoda ?

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I'm not gonna beat around the bush. This is the worst horror film I've ever seen. It's so bad that apparently it's been released in only about 600 movie theaters. Just when I thought 2012 was starting to look good for movies...The Apparition is about this couple who live in a haunted house and they call in some guy to help them. Boom, that's it, nothing original, nothing inspired. The plot of the movie is so bad and lazy. The overall story couldn't get anymore cliched. The couple experience stuff that's suppose to be scary, but it's just annoying because of how repetetive it gets. Most of the movie is just people hearing noises and screaming "OH MY GOD! WHAT WAS THAT?!" So in case you're wondering, yes, it is just another episode of Ghost Hunters. The acting in the film is just terrible. Not one good performance, not even from Tom Felton. I actually feel bad fo him though. He's gotten off the success of Harry Potter and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, now he's in this piece of shit and to be honest, he looked liked he didn't even want to be a part of this movie. The thing is the film is just under an hour an a half, but it felt like a whole 2 hours when watching this movie. Just about every scene just drags on and on as it tries to build suspense, but it just ends up being a bunch cheap set ups with no pay-off. The only scary thing about this movie is the fact that it was actually allowed to be made. I can't even imagine what the screenwriter must've been thinking when he came up with this. It just blows my mind how uninspired and boring this film is. I'm also going to give away the ending of the movie since I doubt if anyone cares by this point, but if you don't want spoilers, then stop reading. The very last shot of the movie also happens to be the poster for the movie AND the last shot of the trailer. When the arms are grabbing the girl from behind is when the movie ends. I wasn't expecting anything special considering how much the rest of the film sucked, but it just pissed me off that the ending of the movie was shown to the public before it was even released. When it comes to bad movies, I'd suggest you see it just so you can experience how bad it really is. But with this movie, you should just avoid it. I don't care of you see a commercial of it where the guy says it's the number one movie in America or there's just a bunch of fake reviews praising the movie. Do not see this movie. It's easily one of the worst movies of 2012 and it needs to be forgotten.
August 26, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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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 (18 months ago)
    1. Maggie: Your house killed my dog.
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Patrick: Just wait until my father hears about this Potter!
    – Submitted by Christopher M (19 months ago)
    1. Patrick: It knows you're afraid.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
    1. Kelly: Well, what does it want from us?
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
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