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The Apparition Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
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.
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Frank Lovece
August 26, 2012
For casual viewers desiring a few scares, some suspense and a sustained sense of dread and malevolence, you could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Katherine Monk
July 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mack Rawden
July 27, 2014
None of this matters at all because the main characters are completely unlikable, and the momentum is consistently ruined by poor decision-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark H. Harris
July 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Michael Wilmington
Movie City News
July 27, 2014
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.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
From start to finish, the movie basks in horrible horror clichés that will leave viewers straining to find something original in the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 10, 2013
a softball horror film, made for 13-year-old girls at a slumber party wanting to be sort of scared
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
This new supernatural thriller by first-time director Todd Lincoln has stinker written all over it. In indelible ink.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 28, 2013
The apparition, because it's lame, spends a lot of its time tying clothes into knots, moving dressers, and opening doors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
William Bibbiani
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
November 1, 2012
A thinly sketched paranormal thriller stripped almost bare of anything that might provide some color, complication or personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kofi Outlaw
October 2, 2012
The Apparition is a rare example of filmmaking failure that is so complete, it will exacerbate its audience in nearly every way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
September 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Glenn Lovell
September 2, 2012
Todd Lincoln, in his directorial debut, shows the restraint of a young Val Lewton. Things go bad oh-so-slowly ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2012
When you look into this abyss, it yawns back at you.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 31, 2012
Plants wither and furniture is rearranged, as if the demon were an inconsiderate housesitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Stuckmann
August 29, 2012
The whole ordeal only lasts 82 minutes, but that's still too long for a film with no ambition aside from lightening your wallet.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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