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The Uninvited Reviews

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
An archetypal 40s ghost story, ambitiously decked out in high studio finery, with billowing curtains and other kinds of hyperromantic kitsch that can put you in mind of death by tuberculosis, though ultimately it's a bit of a letdown.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
November 5, 2013
Its thrills and chills are little frissons that tickle the imagination instead of grabbing by the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The real strength of the film, though, is its atypical stance part way between psychology and the supernatural, achieving a disturbingly serious effect.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 19, 2005
An impressive, though outdated, old-fashioned ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 31, 2005
[T]here's some genuinely spooky stuff here, the wailing sobs that wrack the seaside house on the gloomy cliff and all...
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
February 15, 2009
Decidedly more spooky than scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 27, 2009
For modern audiences, the movie is more elegantly creepy than truly scary, but it still charms.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 9, 2013
'This is the only way I can paint you,' says Milland, at the piano. 'Some black keys, and some white.' The speaker might as well be cinematographer Charles Lang, whose painterly compositions -- some black keys, and some white -- make this a spooky gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
October 28, 2013
The Uninvited was...one of the first films to treat the supernatural seriously, and to play ghosts and hauntings as something other than fodder for comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Brilliant! One of the greatest of all ghost stories.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 31, 2013
This proves to be more than just a ghost story, as the twists turn it into a full-blown mystery that stirs up memories of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 29, 2013
a serious-minded, visually elegant chiller with real dramatic weight that was destined to stand apart
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
The one thing -- and the only thing -- about this film is that it sets out to give you the shivers -- and will do so, if you're readily disposed.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Just the nervy anticipation in Russell's eyes is enough, especially if you know how familiar she was with terror.
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