The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

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Anthony Quinn
Independent
January 8, 2013
Would you like your head thoroughly messed with? Then check straight into The Cabin in the Woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent
January 8, 2013
The pleasure in The Cabin in the Woods comes from its audacious tuggings-away of the dramatic rug under your feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
January 8, 2013
Taking a leaf out of Scream director Wes Craven's book, Joss Whedon both uses and skewers horror film clichés for this enjoyable tongue-in-cheek slasher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
W. Scott Poole
PopMatters
January 8, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie about horror movies. Except not really. It's a horror movie about what horror movies do for us, about why narratives of horror mean something to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 8, 2013
A fiendishly clever genre Rubik's Cube that demonstrates, if nothing else, how much Fangoria fare benefits from the wicked wit of a real writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
January 8, 2013
Like Scream before it, the film is a simultaneous dissection and celebration of all the tropes to which it pays homage, while also managing to be a superb example of the genre in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
January 8, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods is a quick-witted, mind-bending fright fest. A truly rare and original horror film.
Noah Lee
Film Threat
January 8, 2013
In a year that's looking to have a very strong lineup of horror and genre movies, it's very likely that The Cabin in the Woods will come out the king of the hill.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
January 8, 2013
The result is a film that might be too smart for its own good, a piece of meta-fiction that's all meta. The Cabin in the Woods isn't trying to scare us as much as it's trying to enlighten us about being scared, then settles for amusing us about it.
Mark H. Harris
About.com
January 8, 2013
Whedon's and Goddard's screenplay reads like both a love letter to horror movies and a good-natured treatise on what's wrong with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 4, 2013
One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
January 4, 2013
While this film is not for everyone -- those who like their slasher film cliches without irony shouldn't bother -- anyone who likes brains to go with their blood are bound to appreciate what Whedon and Goddard have conjured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
January 4, 2013
Whedon refuses to keep the clichés entirely intact. In keeping with the overall theme, nothing is entirely what it seems, and nobody is entirely who they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2013
By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jack Rodgers
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods is a fiendishly clever, constantly imaginative horror thriller that keeps springing new surprises on the audience right up until the end credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
December 27, 2012
It's all great fun until the ending, which feels a little too safe, simple and silly to what had otherwise been an enjoyably twisted horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 16, 2012
One part horror film, and one part comedy with a hint of self reflection on a genre lacking challenging concepts.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 15, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods is both chilling and cackle-inspiring. Most significantly, it's consistently surprising, and that alone is cause for recommendation in the age of endless reboots and the non-stop barrage of demonic possession movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
September 27, 2012
A surprisingly entertaining effort that works because it strikes a smart balance - embracing as well as rejecting viewer expectations and knowledge of the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
Just take my word on it, this film rocks. If you are disillusioned with the state of modern horror (and you should be) this is just the shot in the arm the genre has needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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