Blair Witch Reviews

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September 15, 2016
Wingard and Barrett aren't trying to reinvent the wail here, which is mostly a good thing.
September 15, 2016
"Blair Witch" comes to the party very late and very tired, and it doesn't improve from there.
September 15, 2016
Was I supposed to be scared by this thing?
Top Critic
September 15, 2016
It administers its jolts with impeccable timing and may well satisfy those who felt swindled by the hype surrounding the much-more-suggestive original.
September 15, 2016
Wingard's movie, for all its abundant mischief, doesn't trust the power of its own illusion. You can see these woods a lot more clearly now, and what you see is that you've been here before.
September 15, 2016
Without real innovation or story evolution, "Blair Witch" becomes a trip down a rabbit hole of misery and suffering. Life's too short - especially in these woods.
September 15, 2016
At a relatively compact 89 minutes, the picture still feels about 20 minutes too long thanks to all the repetition of familiar elements.
September 14, 2016
Wingard's inclusion of subgenres (a dash of Cronenberg body horror; a smattering of sci-fi) steers the film in an unexpectedly bold new direction, justifying its existence on its own merit.
September 14, 2016
Even if there were no witches in the world, these idiots would probably get taken out crossing a busy street.
September 14, 2016
Barrett and Wingard guide us on a slightly different path, but it's clear early on that the destination will be all too familiar.
September 14, 2016
At least a third of "Blair Witch" consists of people running through the woods with flashlights, shouting out each other's names. A little of this goes a long way.
September 14, 2016
Perhaps these woods' biggest surprise is their proximity to the original's formula, despite 16 intervening years.
September 14, 2016
There's a sharp division between the chill of "I think I just saw something!" and the confusion of "I don't know what the hell I just saw!" and "Blair Witch" often falls on the wrong side.
September 13, 2016
The set-up is the same, and while that felt fresh in the first film, it now just kind of drains the piece of tension because we know no one is making it out alive.
September 13, 2016
With nothing new to add to the "Blair Witch" mythos, this is one found footage movie that should have been left lost in the woods.
September 13, 2016
Blair Witch styles itself as a love-letter, but it's pure transcription.
September 12, 2016
If The Blair Witch Project signalled a new dawn of horror, Blair Witch is the loud death rattle of a once exciting sub-genre, disappearing into the darkness.
Top Critic
September 12, 2016
A significantly more accomplished and entertaining sequel than 2000's woeful cash-in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, [this] nonetheless reps something of a missed opportunity.
September 12, 2016
By sticking so slavishly to the original Blair Witch film's template, the result is a dull retread rather than a full-on reinvention, enlarging the cast numbers this time but sticking to the same basic beats.
July 25, 2016
Compared to the ill-fated "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 -- the first follow-up which was rushed to market for financial reasons -- this new iteration still comes across as downright inspiring.
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