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The Uninvited (2009)



Critic Consensus: The Uninvited is moody and reasonably involving, but suffers from predictable plot twists.

Movie Info

Based on Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 Korean horror film, "Changhwa Hongryon," "The Uninvited" revolves around Anna, who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse, Rachel. That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violent, language including sexual references, nudity and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Craig Rosenberg, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2009
Box Office: $28.6M
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Kevin McNulty
as Sheriff Emery
Dean Paul Gibson
as Dr. Silberling
John Prowse
as Butcher
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Critic Reviews for The Uninvited

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (28)

An effective blend of thriller and horror.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As in the original, the film slyly manipulates the audience's perspective, and a brilliantly filmed climactic 'reveal' marks this British duo as a pair to watch.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The only genuinely startling moments come via the deafening sound effects that accompany a large roast hitting the floor and Anna scraping metal hangers along a clothing rack.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

It's not original, it's not especially clever and the twist won't make you want to watch it again, but hey - at least it wasn't The Unborn.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

The Uninvited may strike even viewers who don't know the original as disarmingly familiar.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Time Out Chicago

This is one of those "gotcha!" movies where nothing you see can be believed.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Uninvited


Wastes two very good performers, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn, in a murky silly wannabe thriller.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Uninvited relies too heavily on cheesy dialogue, and jump scares to really be that frightening. It's predictable and unimaginative plot are silly, but the actors really do try their best with the material they are given. But alas, they can't save this mess. My friends and I saw the ending coming half-way through the film. This was an uninvited entry into the horror movie genre.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

What hurts more to watch: a bad movie, or a below-average adaptation of a great movie? The Uninvited is a cliched piece of PG-13 horror shit from start to finish, with the faintest glimmers of Tale of Two Sisters' strengths peppered in between it all. Perhaps the film's only inspired choice was the casting of Emily Browning, who seems to be making her Hollywood bread and butter by playing heroines of total absence. As a broken, withdrawn, vacant shell of a girl, she excels - I'm not sure how much Browning herself is actually contributing to her portrayal, or if we are simply seeing a very boring pretty girl imrpinted on celluloid, but she works out half-decently here. The ending is a mess, especially by the standards of its predecessor's far more intelligent and bitter conclusion, and it more or less wastes the rest of its strong cast. David Straithairn is a phantom; Elizabeth Banks, despite a thankless role and some unforgivably clumsy writing, actually pulls off a performance of some ambiguity here. Surprising work, but only within the frame of a thoroughly awful, unsurprising mess of a movie.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

The Uninvited Quotes

Matt: I love you. I have a condom.
– Submitted by Sonya C (4 years ago)

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