The Pact Reviews

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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
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
June 7, 2012

The Pact feels like exactly what it is: interesting material warped to fit the wrong format.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 7, 2012

A stylish and well-acted if disappointingly rote paranormal gumshoe story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 7, 2012

Despite having an effective but shockingly-predictable computer-chat scene, The Pact didn't raise a single hair on the back of my neck.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 3, 2012

There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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-
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 6, 2012

A fiend-ish puzzler less likely to give you scares before bed than leave you scratching your head.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 7, 2012

The female leads are uniformly characterless, as if Central Bimbo Casting has been told, "Keep sending in the next interchangeable blonde."

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 15, 2012

The film has some cheap thrills ... but lacks more sustained tension.

Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 7, 2012

McCarthy has a talent to unsettle - still not entirely developed.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
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
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.

Eddie Harrison
The List
May 11, 2012

It's a promising, efficient debut for McCarthy, but any kind of originality isn't part of the deal.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
May 30, 2012

It works hard, and the first half hour is textbook creepy, but the oldschool grab-bag of shocks struggles to jolt a dour script to life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
June 7, 2012

While it retreads well-trodden horror paths and shies away from any originality, it does favour heightening the mystery over goriness, relying on some impressive visuals ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
May 25, 2012

Certainly has some assets, but The Pact often feels almost like a TV-style procedural piece.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 10, 2012

Basic, efficient little horror item scares up a few little shocks, possibly enough for a modest commercial career.

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