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The Lords of Salem Reviews

Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 25, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 4.5/10

April 19, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's all meant to be monstrous, unspeakable, blasphemous horror but it comes across more like a slightly dirty drawing, passed in seventh-grade religion class.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 19, 2013
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 18, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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"The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 18, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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Rob Zombie, film scholar? I'm convinced. Rob Zombie, filmmaker? Mmmyeah, not so much.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 0.5/4

April 18, 2013
William Goss
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A more restrained kind of grungy horror throwback than the rocker-turned-filmmaker has offered to date, at least marking a step in a different direction, if not necessarily the right one.

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April 18, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and "The Lords of Salem" has it in spades.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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A portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of "witch trials."

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Although it eventually descends into silliness, this creepily atmospheric effort delivers some effective scares along the way.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 18, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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You get the idea that "The Lords of Salem" would be a lot scarier if you could tell what was going on.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Zombie proves once again that he understands how many different ways there are to give an audience the creeps.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 18, 2013
Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
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Instead of retreating into his manic, hyper-allusive style of psychedelic, grindhouse-friendly pastiche, Zombie tested his considerable skills and made something different.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Some of this looks cool enough, but most of it's just silly satanic mumbo jumbo that's not particularly scary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

April 17, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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So bad it's hilarious.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

April 17, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Even as a coven assembles, the movie forgets to scare.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2013
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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The movie is eerily photographed, but never suspenseful or scary, and eventually, events descend into goat-sacrificing silliness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 16, 2013
Rob Nelson
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Less inferno than slow burn, Rob Zombie's retro witch thriller The Lords of Salem has plenty of portent but not much payoff.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 16, 2013
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