Dec 11, 2017
... Better Watch Out is a delightfully nasty seasonal inversion, replete with carollers, decorations, themed jumpers and booze.
Dec 10, 2017
A Yule-themed comedy horror that is neither funny, nor particularly horrifying, Better Watch Out feels like a malicious spin on Home Alone.
Dec 8, 2017
Better Watch Out, directed and co-written by Chris Peckover, is a clever horror film that gets cleverer
Dec 8, 2017
An ingenious and efficient black-comic shocker unfolding in real time over one seasonal evening in a prosperous American home.
Dec 7, 2017
... an exploitative, silly and thoroughly unpleasant affair, with a premise that defies credibility.
Nov 22, 2017
While the film is more cartoonish than psychologically believable, it's willing to go to some genuinely uncomfortable places.
Nov 22, 2017
Working within a heavily codified structure, [Peckover has] found a way to keep it fresh and exciting.
Oct 6, 2017
Starts out as one kind of unpleasant, then switches gears to a higher level of unearned nastiness.
Oct 6, 2017
[Better Watch Out] is a silly-to-serious film that's sure to enter the canon of Christmas movies for people who prefer a bit of arsenic laced into Santa's cookies.
Oct 5, 2017
If you want to gift yourself a holiday film that decks the halls with blood, this is one to put under the tree.
Oct 5, 2017
A consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.
Oct 5, 2017
It's scary and fun, if your idea of fun involves occasional gore and torture, things like that. Plus: Christmas decorations!
Oct 4, 2017
Just another depressing, nihilistic horror flick.
Oct 3, 2017
Both the screenplay and the editing maintain the intricate plate-spinning required to go back and forth between laughs and screams, all the while imperceptibly boosting the tension as the night progresses.
Jun 14, 2017
Seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible.
Dec 14, 2016
Best described as Home Alone meets Michael Haneke's Funny Games, the sadistic horror comedy Safe Neighborhood is the kind of film that's tough to categorize but easy to enjoy.
Sep 27, 2016
You might think you're in for an icky, misogynist torture porn, and momentarily wish to leave the theater. (I did.) But stick it out, because the film will continue to defy your expectations.
Sep 27, 2016
This is no cheap bait-and-switch, but a careful rebalancing between real malice and cartoon craziness.