The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 26, 2015
Clever enough to make you reconsider how you look at horror films. And a ton of fun, too.
Top Critic
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 6, 2014
The filmmakers are less interested in providing a slow buildup to their frights than in splattering the clichés of the form in funny, spirited ways.
Chris Knight
National Post
October 6, 2014
If The Cabin in the Woods were a meal, it would consist of 90 minutes of studying a well-written menu, and then ordering the cream pie, which arrives in your face. Sweet, sweet release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
October 6, 2014
Horror films are supposed to be scary, but not very smart. The Cabin in the Woods is both. It's about as clever as you can imagine a film of this type being that is also this wicked and this brutal.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2014
In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements.
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
October 6, 2014
It sounds like the oldest horror story in the book but from the first scene of The Cabin in the Woods it's clear that the director, Drew Goddard, and his co-writer, Joss Whedon, are bent on turning the formula upside down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 6, 2014
Let's just say that if you trust in all things Joss Whedon (director of the recent Avengers triumph), the mere mention of his skilful and inventive co-scripting collaboration with talented Drew Goddard will be recommendation enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
October 6, 2014
An amazing, tidy little thriller that, like its Escher-like movie poster, gleefully turns the horror genre upside down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
October 6, 2014
On paper, The Cabin in the Woods is an exercise in knowing the drill, but Goddard executes it with serious brio and wit.
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 6, 2014
The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Bunting
Daily Record [UK]
October 6, 2014
The best thing to do in relation to The Cabin in the Woods is to avoid spoilers and go see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
October 6, 2014
A great one-off idea brilliantly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Taking its cue from Michael Haneke's deeper, crueler Funny Games, The Cabin in the Woods explores why we-sicko viewers-take pleasure in the suffering of others.
John Serba
MLive.com
July 31, 2013
One hottie, one cutie, one stoner, one jock and one intellectual go to a remote cabin in the woods. If this sounds like a setup for a joke, well, it kind of is.
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013
An original and audacious horror-comedy that oftentimes works better than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
June 29, 2013
This is a movie that knows it is capitalizing on the clichés and stupidity of its genre, but refuses to bow to the same simple-minded standards to achieve something more
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
January 22, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods is crammed with so many twists and turns that the mere thought of reviewing it and ruining the fun for others is scary in and of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 22, 2013
I don't know that this movie exceeded my expectations, but it certainly matched them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods manages to throw the horror and comedy genres into a blender, and the result is a delicious product that's ridiculously fun and warrants watching at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
January 8, 2013
The best movie of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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