V/H/S Reviews

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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
October 9, 2012
The mostly played-out found footage aesthetic has its limitations, and V/H/S doesn't escape all of them. But the collected directors do manage to make many of those limitations into the films' strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 5, 2012
I came, I saw, I hunkered.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
October 5, 2012
"V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 5, 2012
Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 5, 2012
The film also plays to the strengths of the found-footage format, proving that sometimes the scariest things are the ones you can barely see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 5, 2012
Hardcore horror lovers will soak up the gruesome morsels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 5, 2012
"V/H/S" puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame; perhaps the solution is to cut them all down to about 15 minutes, and fund them on a shoestring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2012
At nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A low-budget horror anthology with segments both ghastly and moronic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
October 4, 2012
[A] too-long, violent horror anthology ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 4, 2012
No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 4, 2012
This anthology of "found footage" horror featurettes is predictably hit-and-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
October 4, 2012
"The Blair Witch Project" meets mumblecore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
This indie compilation has enough inventive chills to interest any horror fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
October 4, 2012
This horror anthology collects six shorts of varying quality, all purported to be found footage. My favorite is Ti West's Second Honeymoon.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 4, 2012
All told, V/H/S brings some cohesion to the Wild West of indie horror filmmaking, and seems destined to become a key artifact of a DIY era.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2012
What's the point? None of the segments is particularly compelling. Strung together, it's way too much of a muchness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 3, 2012
An ingenious hybrid: part Godardian art film, part abstract video experiment, part sleazy shocker, and all self-castigating interrogation of what film-theory types call the "male gaze."
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Mainly, the omnibus film feels undercooked, even on the grounds of its forced technological setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
In too many of the shorts, bad acting quickly undermines the "authenticity" the aesthetics labor to achieve.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 1, 2012
All of the short films are genuinely unnerving, and the point-of-view camerawork is, at times, startling.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 12, 2012
Cinema's first found-footage horror anthology suggests that there's still some life left in these old tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Refreshingly, V/H/S promises no more than it delivers, always a plus with genre fare.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 30, 2012
The segments vary in quality and the whole overstays its welcome at nearly two hours.