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The Strangers Reviews

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Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

August 29, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Messy, intermittently effective ordeal horror.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

The usual stupidness ensues. "Stay here darling with the axe-wielding psychos while I go and get help," says Speedman. Ugh.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

August 29, 2008

A lean, effective little exercise in scares. It offers nothing new but is perfect for breaking the ice on a first date.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 29, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

August 29, 2008
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

An effective, scary emotional work-out, but perhaps you can have too much paranoid despair.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008
Victor Olliver
Teletext

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.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 7/10

August 28, 2008
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

August 28, 2008
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 7, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The cumulative effect of unexpected knocks at the door, creaking floors, shadows, noises and strange happenings is a heart-pounding experience

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 7, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

After building a jangling sense of terror, Bertino doesn't take it anywhere.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 7, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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At least it's short.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 18, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

This is straight-up nightmare fuel, unredeemed by compelling characters or interesting motives.

| Original Score: 1/4

June 27, 2008
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

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.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Offers no more enlightenment or catharsis than a drugged insect could expect in the moment before it is skewered by a lepidopterist's pin.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 0/4

June 17, 2008
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... The work of a born filmmaker who shows a remarkable command of tone and pace. It is a new classic in its genre ...

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 12, 2008
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

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.

Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Original Score: 1.0/4.0

June 12, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

The Strangers gets your hopes up with some smart filmmaking but then pretty much dashes them by the final predictable fade out.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org | Original Score: 4/10

June 8, 2008
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