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The Pact Reviews

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/10

September 14, 2012
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2012
Brigit Grant
Daily Express

To those brave enough to stomach the horrors of the Saw series, The Pact will seem tame.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

June 10, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 7, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 3, 2012
Cole Smithey

[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 Source: | Original Score: C-

July 2, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

June 6, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

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

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July 15, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2012
Witney Seibold

Quite easily, one of the scariest films I've seen in a long while... It's a corker.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 8.5/10

August 25, 2012
David Guzman
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 5, 2012
Eddie Harrison
The List

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

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2012
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2012
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 7, 2012
Scott Weinberg

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 25, 2012
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine

At times scream-out-loud scary, with a second half that can't maintain the momentum.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 11, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Basic, efficient little horror item scares up a few little shocks, possibly enough for a modest commercial career.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
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