Delayed by over a year, but don't let that fool you: this may be lightweight, but it knows what goes bump in the night.
| Original Score: 3/5
As a simple exercise in tension and dread, this is a gripping hour at the multiplex - it's just a pity that it goes on for a further 20 minutes.
Messy, intermittently effective ordeal horror.
| Original Score: 2/5
The usual stupidness ensues. "Stay here darling with the axe-wielding psychos while I go and get help," says Speedman. Ugh.
| Original Score: 1/5
A lean, effective little exercise in scares. It offers nothing new but is perfect for breaking the ice on a first date.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This suspense film by first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino initially squeezes some surprisingly effective scares out of familiar elements. Sadly, the scenario quickly becomes attenuated and unbelievable.
| Original Score: 2/6
An effective, scary emotional work-out, but perhaps you can have too much paranoid despair.
Bertino does not try to understand his strangers. His primary interest is what happens - the details of crime - as if the film were a dramatised tabloid.
| Original Score: 7/10
so well made, so moody and tense, that its emptiness can almost be overlooked - but if you want something a little more than a po-faced thrill ride, best look elsewhere
This film does not have the shock value of many other horror films, which was a pleasant surprise for my taste. It is scary in the sense that this could this really happen.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film's most potent claim to success is its lengthy and cleverly edited stretches of spookiness, which it tends to extend to almost breaking point, keeping us in heightened suspense.
The cumulative effect of unexpected knocks at the door, creaking floors, shadows, noises and strange happenings is a heart-pounding experience
After building a jangling sense of terror, Bertino doesn't take it anywhere.
At least it's short.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
This is straight-up nightmare fuel, unredeemed by compelling characters or interesting motives.
| Original Score: 1/4
The Strangers bears more than a passing resemblance to Them, the French horror film about a couple in a secluded house who are stalked by mysterious, almost supernatural tormenters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Offers no more enlightenment or catharsis than a drugged insect could expect in the moment before it is skewered by a lepidopterist's pin.
| Original Score: 0/4
... The work of a born filmmaker who shows a remarkable command of tone and pace. It is a new classic in its genre ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
How bad is a stalker/killer flick when it's just as lame whether the victims live or die? All suspense and no payoff doesn't look clever, just lazy.
| Original Score: 1.0/4.0
The Strangers gets your hopes up with some smart filmmaking but then pretty much dashes them by the final predictable fade out.
| Original Score: 4/10