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The Blair Witch Project Reviews

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December 5, 2015
Much has been made of the film's creepiness-enhancing subtlety, but I found it a hollow and unconvincing exercise in post-modern gimmickry. It neither showed nor told because there was nothing to show or tell.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 13, 2014
The scariest shots, from someone's little Hi-8 camcorder, document the students losing their bearings, giving way to panic and finally falling victim, though off screen, to some ineffably, unphotographably evil presence.
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Paul Tatara
September 29, 2014
Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 29, 2014
The very crudeness of the film stock and technique contribute mightily to the feeling that things are out of control, disoriented and possibly subject to unnatural laws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 29, 2014
Blair Witch is the most dangerous film in captivity. It's a no-excuses horror show with an emotional wallop like falling headlong into a bear trap.
M.V. Moorhead
New Times
September 29, 2014
Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers, like Night of the Living Dead or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
September 29, 2014
It is a triumph of intelligence over special effects, guerrilla filmmaking over Hollywood spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 29, 2014
Feel free to admire it: As a cheeky, clever stunt, it deserves it. Enjoying it fully might be a bit more difficult.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
The abrupt, unforgiving way the film ends is still shocking despite all the film's imitators, and it's a strong finish to a film that spends a little too much time wandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard C. Walls
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 5, 2013
No doubt part of the reason that the film has affected some viewers so intensely is because it requires them to fill in a lot of blank spaces, to exercise a perceptive muscle which, especially among younger viewers, may have grown flabby from neglect.
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
October 5, 2013
Scary without being explicit, it's a 1990s cinematic landmark, and best judged away from the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 5, 2013
Don't go see The Blair Witch Project alone; it's too scary to sit through without company. Thrillingly, nauseatingly so.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 5, 2013
You can dismiss The Blair Witch Project as a trick. Or you can give in to the treat and savor that rarest of accomplishments in a field notorious for tedium and repetition -- an original horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 5, 2013
It's like watching actors rehearse Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf in the forest.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2013
Its shaky camera work and fuzzy images get monotonous after a while, and there's not much room for character development within the very limited plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 5, 2013
The thought that Blair Witch Project just might be real makes it much scarier than any of the teen horror flicks that have stumbled along in recent years.
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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
October 5, 2013
The Blair Witch Project" is the scariest movie I've ever seen. Not the goriest, the grossest, the weirdest, the eeriest, the sickest, the creepiest or the slimiest... Just flat out the scariest.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 5, 2013
It's a thrill to behold this supernaturally accomplished triumph of guerrilla filmmaking technique.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 5, 2013
Using the most modest means, Sanchez and Myrick manage to tell a compelling story, create recognizable characters and hold our attention even when there's literally nothing on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
October 9, 2012
This terrifying ghost story is guaranteed to haunt filmgoers long after they've persuaded themselves that it's only a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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