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The Amityville Horror Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
December 28, 2010
A remake of the 1979 film, The Amityville Horror tries for a clasic sense of creeping suspense, but is sadly inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 15, 2005
Adequately marking time until the next inevitable (and pointless) horror remake comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
April 18, 2005
The snore-inducing lack of real thrills and a storyline that seriously strains believability make Amityville harder to watch than it is to pronounce.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 30, 2005
The problem with The Amityville Horror is that, in a very real sense, there's nothing there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 15, 2005
In a ghost story, the narrative doesn't have to be a model of originality or coherence, but it needs to support the scares. In The Amityville Horror, the writing is so bad that it detracts from the 'boo!' moments and creepy interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 15, 2005
Since Scream poured irony into the mix, it has become mighty hard to write a line of dialogue that doesn't elicit winks and nods. We all know where the mayhem's leading.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 15, 2005
A redundant round of recycling.
| Original Score: C-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 17, 2005
Anything but a horror except in terms of good storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 13, 2005
Things don't go bump in the night in this movie; they wake you up, introduce themselves and pull up a chair for a cup of coffee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 25, 2005
A little of The Sixth Sense and a whole lot of nonsense make for a "based on a true story" horror flick that has only a few jolts to its credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Staunchly avoids all the things that make a horror movie scary in favor of all the things that make a horror movie obvious and expedient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2005
Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 14, 2005
You might think The Amityville Horror is just a copy of the 1979 original, but there's much more to it than that. It's also a knockoff of at least four other movies and one music video.
| Original Score: 1/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2005
Despite Andrew Douglas' tightly focused direction, this is a cheap, calculated scare.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
April 17, 2005
This Horror is slick, supernatural and stale
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 15, 2005
A smorgasbord of strobe lights, screeching soundtrack noises, and silly specters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 14, 2005
Lots of 'jump' scares accompanied by loud bursts of soundtrack music, creepy dead girls wandering the halls, and almost no actual suspense or horror.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 20, 2005
For the second time, Hollywood has taken this highly filmic and compelling novel that has stuck with readers for years and turned out a completely forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 15, 2005
As a horror movie, it may be barely adequate, but as an Amityville movie, it takes all comers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
April 15, 2005
The new Amityville is the same old circus of cheap shock scares, rambunctious editing, and lukewarm logic.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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