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The Uninvited (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 87

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

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 16

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

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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

Apr 28, 2009

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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (87) | DVD (13)

An effective blend of thriller and horror.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Uninvited may strike even viewers who don't know the original as disarmingly familiar.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It's a slick, bloodless affair that's neither as suggestive as the classic general-audiences ghost stories of the past, nor as intense as a hard-R would allow it to be.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The Uninvited is a mess of styles and stolen ideas, including a plot twist that would make M. Night Shyamalan roll his eyes and dialogue straight from a CW scene generator.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In truth it's just a gimmicky thriller that doesn't play fair with the audience.

January 30, 2009
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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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Take a 'concept', strip it bare of all layers of meaning, remake it with added genre cliches and scantily clad American teens in order to a 'wider audience'. Voila.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

As far as PG-13 Americanizations of Asian shockers go, it's about 70 percent passable

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

Just to set the taste level, the first line in The Uninvited is 'I love you, I have a condom.' Yep, the bar is already lowered.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

A mild improvement over its nigh unwatchable predecessor...

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Suffers from a meekness -- its scares never dig deep and are more sensational than disturbing, and its storyline has been modified to something more conventional.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The latest teen horror, directed by Charles and Thomas Guard, has a bit more patience than such films usually display.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

It is less bloody and less ambiguous than the original.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The Uninvited is workmanlike and has a twist too many, but it's always entertaining and kept afloat by three game leading ladies and competent hands behind the camera.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Unremarkable, unimaginative and unnecessary. Check out the superior original instead.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Poor remake of the Korean thriller.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Uninvited is a little too mild-mannered to please any but the most vanilla of horror fans.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

They are all just guests at a camp masked ball - poised to unveil themselves in a denouement that somehow manages to be more outlandish - and more comic - than all the bumps and rattles that went before.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Like its own Asian source, this movie has a big and elaborately planted twist up its sleeve, but this time around it leaves us feeling tricked and underwhelmed -- horror primly behaving itself as a peekaboo exercise in misdirection.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

There should be enough to keep the teen audience the film is clearly targeted at on their toes, although aficionados of the genre will no doubt be bored to death.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for The Uninvited

Wastes two very good performers, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn, in a murky silly wannabe thriller.
February 14, 2013
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jay nixon

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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.
September 24, 2012
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Nothing happened. Then, after a time, nothing continued to happen. This movie is a really really slow build to a fairly novel twist ending. But I found myself sighing, tapping my foot and checking my watch while I was watching this movie, waiting for it to kick in. I really didn't give a toss about any of the characters in this movie, and I found the stupidity of the main character exasperating. Of course you're going to be dismissed as a crackpot when you say nonsensical things in a hysterical voice. Of course no one is going to know what you're talking about when you say something like "he's here". There were parts I found confusing as well; why were there ghosts coming out of the woodwork simply to scare Anna? Who was that dead, red-headed ten year old snarling whispered threats? None of these are answered by the end, by the way. This movie is like a collection of contemporary horror tropes badly stitched together.
April 10, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

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    1. Matt: I love you. I have a condom.
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