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V/H/S Reviews

Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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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 Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 6.5/10

October 9, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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I came, I saw, I hunkered.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

October 5, 2012
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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"V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 5, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2012
Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Hardcore horror lovers will soak up the gruesome morsels.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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"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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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At nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A low-budget horror anthology with segments both ghastly and moronic ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

October 4, 2012
Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
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[A] too-long, violent horror anthology ...

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2012
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This anthology of "found footage" horror featurettes is predictably hit-and-miss.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2012
Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
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"The Blair Witch Project" meets mumblecore.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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This indie compilation has enough inventive chills to interest any horror fan.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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This horror anthology collects six shorts of varying quality, all purported to be found footage. My favorite is Ti West's Second Honeymoon.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 4, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 4, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What's the point? None of the segments is particularly compelling. Strung together, it's way too much of a muchness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

October 4, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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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."

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 3, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Mainly, the omnibus film feels undercooked, even on the grounds of its forced technological setup.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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In too many of the shorts, bad acting quickly undermines the "authenticity" the aesthetics labor to achieve.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 2, 2012
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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All of the short films are genuinely unnerving, and the point-of-view camerawork is, at times, startling.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 1, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Cinema's first found-footage horror anthology suggests that there's still some life left in these old tropes.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

May 12, 2012
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Refreshingly, V/H/S promises no more than it delivers, always a plus with genre fare.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
Dennis Harvey
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The segments vary in quality and the whole overstays its welcome at nearly two hours.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2012
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