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Stay Alive Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2007
There's a gothic backstory to all this, which makes no sense but looks pretty cool.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
... while its narrative style -- elliptical, fragmented, even eccentric at times -- is ambitious and imaginative, it sometimes makes for a loss of clarity and momentum.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 30, 2006
Teen fodder like this isn't known for sophistication or storytelling depth, but the filmmakers seem to take the film's video-game theme as permission to eschew even the horror genre's exceedingly lenient minimums for characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2006
Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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John Anderson
Variety
March 28, 2006
An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum.
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2006
It's unlikely that Stay Alive could ever have been a good movie in the traditional sense, but it might have been better if Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman had done more to exploit their gaming premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 28, 2006
Perhaps the worst horror film to not have Uwe Boll's name in the credits.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 28, 2006
The star of Stay Alive is a cutting-edge video game, but the film still has hackneyed horror at its heart.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 28, 2006
A notion of an outline of a rough draft of a killer video-game flick.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 28, 2006
There's a fascinating and terrifying story to be told about Elizabeth Bathory, the dramatically depraved 17th century sadist known as the Blood Countess. This ain't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
L.A. Weekly
March 28, 2006
Maybe video games really do rot the mind.
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 28, 2006
Here's a movie that tries to be a video game but is less entertaining than a vending machine.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 28, 2006
This is a cool/potentially creepy idea only if you're in high school and goofing around with your friends at the movie theater. For everyone else, this isn't just a preposterous premise for a horror movie, it's a source of unintentional hilarity.
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James Parker
Boston Globe
March 28, 2006
The hybrid of cyber antics and bayou creepiness doesn't quite jell, but it all ends bloodily, and in an efficient 85 minutes, too. I'm not complaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 24, 2006
Dead on arrival.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 24, 2006
What will terrify the audience very early on is the realization that there's better acting in the video game than on the big screen.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 24, 2006
Debuting director William Brent Bell, who wrote the script with producer Matthew Peterman, keeps the pace brisk and the pot bubbling.