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1408 Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 23, 2007
It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 22, 2007
The movie attempts a false ending that doesn't quite work; the picture feels prolonged, dragged out, and its ennui lessens the impact of some of its more terrifying fillips.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 22, 2007
A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 22, 2007
A genuinely disturbing and ingenious piece of horror that's as much a brainteaser as it is a feast of visual creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2007
1408 is one of the good Stephen King adaptations, one that maintains its author's sly sense of humor and satiric view of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 22, 2007
An entertainingly hairy paranormal affair based on a King short story, 1408 sets up its star -- and its audience -- for a blood-curdling, bone-chilling night of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2007
There's ghoulish fun and Hichcockian suspense until the film hits a narrative wall around the 60-minute mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 22, 2007
If I ever check into a hotel room and the clock radio is playing the Carpenters, I'm going to freak out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 22, 2007
In this mix of recycled scares and half-hearted twists, the only real fright is the sight of an interesting actor wasting his talents in yet another mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 22, 2007
With a minimal amount of blood and virtually no gore, 1408 still manages to give you a major case of the creep-outs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2007
You might say 1408 has a 1409 ending -- beige, humdrum, only mildly uncomfortable and, once passed through on the journey home, instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2007
You would assume that Stephen King had wrung about all the neurosis that could be squeezed from the haunted-writer theme in Secret Window, Misery and, most famously, The Shining. You would, however, be wrong -- dead wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desiree Belmarez
Denver Post
June 22, 2007
A psychologically thrilling movie that leaves you gasping in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2007
All the suspense and shock depends on [Cusack's] performance, how he reacts from minute to minute, and he does a terrific job under Mikael Hafstrom's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 22, 2007
The problem with this movie is that it feels too much like a joke rather than a true work of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 22, 2007
Virtually a one-man show by Cusack, and he's up to the task.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 22, 2007
A Stephen King short story is adapted and brought to the screen in 1408, more psychological thriller than outright horror.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2007
A little suspension of disbelief goes a long way once the scary stuff gets going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 21, 2007
1408 amounts to little more than a radical shock-therapy session for a man still finding his way after the loss of his daughter. Best to leave him alone with his issues.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2007
Swedish director Mikael Hafsrom, who scored with Evil in 2003 and fizzled badly with Derailed two years later, seems to have regained his footing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 21, 2007
The story features some surprises, and director Mikael Håfström adds realism by bypassing computer graphics for practical effects. Add in the natural fear of being trapped in tight spaces and you have a can't-miss formula for horror and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 21, 2007
1408 is not quite interesting enough to linger long in the mind, but it has enough jack-in-the-box chills to mollify those who feel it's been all downhill since The Uninvited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2007
John Cusack is virtually a one-man show in the claustrophobically chilling 1408.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2007
Adapted from a Stephen King story, this trite but watchable chiller plays like a scaled-down version of The Shining, with Cusack driven over the edge by hallucinations of his abusive father and dead daughter.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2007
It's a good, solid scare picture, modestly scaled but well-crafted. And unlike certain other horror items on offer right now, this one doesn't make you feel like a psycho-in-training for sitting through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 21, 2007
Listen up, all you Hostels, Saws and other purveyors of bloody terror. Lay down your whips, chain saws and paring knives to watch a truly scary movie.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 21, 2007
Based on a Stephen King story, 1408 takes the simplest plot and turns it into an enjoyably surreal, unnerving creepfest.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2007
Quaint or not, this King adaptation chills, and may have you Googling the next hotel you're scheduled to check into, room by room.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 20, 2007
Regardless of how long you last in 1408, the logic to which you are entitled never comes.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 20, 2007
The horror wouldn't work without Cusack, who makes what could have been a rote acting exercise -- Be tough! Now angry! Now defensively funny! -- a cathartic ritual instead.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 19, 2007
1408 generally survives and thrives on the strength of John Cusack's passionate performance as a skeptic of the supernatural who learns that spooks may be real, plus a spirited supporting role by Samuel L. Jackson and some effective chills.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2007
Cusack manages to summon deep wellsprings of personal grief along with breezy humor and naked animal terror. It's a tour de force performance that confirms the talents of this remarkably versatile, sometimes underrated actor.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
This isn't a horror movie about... screams and yells, it's more like chills and little moments of revelation.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 16, 2007
Refuses to embrace the fashionable elements of torture porn that are currently cutting a bloody swath through the horror genre, relying largely on psychological terror to impart the sense of someone possibly going mad, and taking the viewer along.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
Reassuringly old-school gothic.
Full Review | Original Score: B