1408 Reviews

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November 18, 2011
February 1, 2008
Cusack always manages to underscore panic with irony.
August 31, 2007
You leave the film once again feeling that Stephen King is either not quite as good as his reputation or that most film-makers can't replicate the subtleties of his style.
August 31, 2007
Unpretentious and effective.
August 31, 2007
Even if by the closing act the movie has begun to feel a bit preposterous (enter the giant sea storm) and the resolution a bit saccharine, that's a small price to pay for a movie that's trying hard to reinvent horror the old-fashioned way.
August 29, 2007
Things certainly go bump in the night in this slow-burning Stephen King adaptation. But 1408's short story origins are very clear: think a long, if enjoyable, episode of The Twilight Zone.
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.
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.
June 22, 2007
A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.
June 22, 2007
Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2007
There's ghoulish fun and Hichcockian suspense until the film hits a narrative wall around the 60-minute mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2007
A psychologically thrilling movie that leaves you gasping in the end.
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