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The Amityville Horror Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 21, 2005
A few lines get laughs, but the horror is standard fare, without a shred of innovation.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 21, 2005
Never buy a house with a basement, and while you're at it, avoid old Dutch Colonials in which the previous occupants were murdered by an eldest son possessed by demons.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 20, 2005
Nothing gets in the way of the rote staging, the ham-handed predictability, the feeling that you've been to this house, and yawned at these ghosts, once too often.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Ng
Village Voice
April 19, 2005
The Amityville Horror is a Xerox so tattered and faded that it's impossible to determine who's to blame for the overproduced mediocrity before our eyes.
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Sean Daly
Washington Post
April 15, 2005
You'll want to get out of Amityville long before the Lutzes do.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 15, 2005
I wasn't shocked by The Amityville Horror, or outraged by it: I felt nothing but disdain.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 15, 2005
Brevity is the single best thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 15, 2005
In theory, this should all be scary, but it just isn't. You giggle at the B-movie cheesiness of it.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2005
It retains the cheesy look of the 1979 original, pure schlock not gussied up to appear to be anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 15, 2005
This house springs so many FX shocks it plays like a theme-park ride. Result? It's not scary, just busy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
The original is still creepy, but this Horror will have fans jumping in their seats and talking back to the screen.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 15, 2005
The startling thing about the remake is that it's one of the better horror films to hit screens in recent months, thanks to its refusal to take itself too seriously.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 15, 2005
Shoddily made, boring and, most shockingly, without a single decent scare.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 15, 2005
Moviegoers are more cynical now than they were in 1979, and most will laugh off the moments meant to be tense. You can't really blame them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 15, 2005
A cut-to-order MTV hack attack. Audiences will be stunned not because they have been frightened but by how obvious and safe the whole thing is.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 15, 2005
Like good drive-in fare from the '70s, this is all about sensation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2005
Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 15, 2005
A sustained if wildly unco-ordinated assault on our senses (our emotions are clearly not on his battle map), complementing those feverish jump cuts with a cliché of equally stunning proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 15, 2005
Completely cheesy and mildly enjoyable.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 15, 2005
The latest in a long line of cheap horror film remakes that combine familiar names and stories with slash-cut editing and computer-generated effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 15, 2005
The filmmakers have managed to take a mediocre movie and make it worse.
| Original Score: D+
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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
Not content to remake an old, mediocre horror movie, this Amityville takes its cues from current mediocre horror movies, too. This one is frightening only if you can't remember the last throwaway movie that leaned on all the same tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 14, 2005
In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
The film is a terrific scare show, fast and furious, made with a lot of style and energy, packing plenty of jolts yet never lingering morbidly over horrific images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 14, 2005
Begins slavishly faithful to its low-key 1970s predecessor then sledgehammers auds with a numbing succession of shock edits and over-the-top horror effects.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
If star Ryan Reynolds wants to scare us, why not just lock us in a room and make us watch Van Wilder over and over? Or have girlfriend Alanis Morissette talk about her past relationships?
| Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 14, 2005
Low-key creepy rather than outright scary, the new Amityville marks a modest improvement over the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 14, 2005
Watching The Amityville Horror is about as enjoyable as attending a Halloween party hosted by people you can barely tolerate.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 14, 2005
A gory lark, a cheap-thrill-packed love poem to the history of the contemporary horror film.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 14, 2005
If they scare up enough business to perpetuate this sort of retread, that will be the real horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 14, 2005
The movie is a procession of unregenerate B-level goosing. But there's definitely a smirk beneath the muck.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 14, 2005
There's nothing this Amityville won't beg, borrow, steal from or fabricate in trying to make your neck hairs sit up and quiver.
| Original Score: C