The Pact Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Manages to deliver a decent combination of supernatural and practical horrors.
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012
Nicholas McCarthy admirably tries to deliver both a terrifying tale of horror while mixing in more gritty elements, but doesn't explain much as to why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Witney Seibold
August 25, 2012
Quite easily, one of the scariest films I've seen in a long while... It's a corker.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Brent Simon
July 15, 2012
Debut director Nicholas McCarthy possesses a good grasp of effective, tension-building technique in this psychologically rooted chiller, in which dark, repressed memories of a turbulent childhood bubble to the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
July 15, 2012
The film has some cheap thrills ... but lacks more sustained tension.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2012
The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
July 6, 2012
A satisfying ghost story without leaning too hard into trends. It's not a deliciously overwhelming feature, but The Pact has modest vision worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2012
McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2012
A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 5, 2012
In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 5, 2012
In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Guzman
Film Journal International
July 5, 2012
The best thing The Pact has going for it is the way it manages to play its cards right, despite the fact that it doesn't have many aces up its sleeve.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 5, 2012
More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 3, 2012
There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality.
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
July 2, 2012
When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 2, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Pact" is a horror movie with training wheels. It's for audiences who have never seen one before and don't want to be too scared.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine
June 11, 2012
At times scream-out-loud scary, with a second half that can't maintain the momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brigit Grant
Daily Express
June 10, 2012
To those brave enough to stomach the horrors of the Saw series, The Pact will seem tame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 10, 2012
The film cleverly exploits aspects of everyone's childhood.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
June 8, 2012
Expanding a successful short, first-time feature, director Nicholas McCarthy displays more savvy than inspiration: there's some technical ingenuity to the jumps, but not a lot of logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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