The Stepfather Reviews

December 11, 2009
Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised bastard step-child: over-plotted, over-long, and stripped of the original's sharp, satirical subversion of suburban family values.
October 22, 2009
The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.
October 19, 2009
That last stormy night of violence should be the shocker. Giving away his ruthlessness in earlier killings robs the movie of it its payoff as it saps the climax of much of its power.
October 18, 2009
This perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel, and not just because the humdrum cast is composed of network and cable B-listers.
October 18, 2009
This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.
October 18, 2009
Even by horror-remake standards, The Stepfather sets the bar for pointlessness.
October 18, 2009
Better to honor history and rent the original.
October 18, 2009
The trouble with the movie, apart from its rather monotonous dourness of tone, is that everyone in the family... comes off as tougher, smarter, and quicker on the draw than the stepfather who's supposed to be outfoxing them.
October 18, 2009
The Stepfather is that rarity, an effective remake of a screen classic that can stand alone on its own considerable merits.
October 18, 2009
A clumsy remake of the 1987 cult thriller.