Cold Creek Manor Reviews

Page 1 of 2
January 27, 2004
A clichéd, implausible thriller.
September 25, 2003
The only things haunting this movie are cliches.
September 25, 2003
'You should've stayed in New York,' Dorff warns, long before which the audience has realized it should've stayed home to snuggle up instead with Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.
September 22, 2003
... a good-looking thriller by an excellent director with strong performances from Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid -- yet it's oddly flat, with an exasperating plot, lots of strange turns and hardly any legitimate scares.
September 20, 2003
At the beginning, Cold Creek Manor almost makes you believe it could deliver all that and more. Instead, it follows the weary, well-worn path of so many contemporary scare-fests.
September 19, 2003
The whole thing is a waste of good professional filmmaking.
September 19, 2003
Quaid does his level best with a lame character, but Stone sinks under the weight of a thankless role.
September 19, 2003
In mechanical terms, Figgis can't seem to generate anything resembling a genuine startle or moment of suspense, and his sense of internal dramatic logic seems as cracked and flimsy as the tiling on the estate pool.
September 19, 2003
In the end what makes Cold Creek Manor work is Figgis' pacing and attention to detail.
September 19, 2003
Keeps us squirming for about two-thirds of its running length.
September 19, 2003
Hokum with a big-budget gloss, it's a simple, formulaic nail-biter.
September 19, 2003
The style is cold, the plot is creaky, and the cast is far too mannered.
September 19, 2003
Cold Creek Manor is bad on purpose. It's just not bad enough.
September 19, 2003
Two-thirds of the way through, the heroes and the bad guy all start behaving with offensively unbelievable stupidity.
September 19, 2003
Simply banal, unless you are renovating a house and can identify with the chill that comes from signing all those expensive change orders.
September 19, 2003
There is nothing here that is too obvious that Figgis and company cannot make more obvious. Nor is any device too low for the filmmaker to eagerly stoop.
September 19, 2003
At least it has a subtext, which is more than you can say for many big studio releases.
September 19, 2003
Has just enough craft to make it worth exploring.
September 19, 2003
It squanders eminently watchable stars Quaid and Stone on a script where any sense of mystery and suspense are corrupted by contrivance.
September 19, 2003
Never achieves the promise offered by a likable family, believably spooky townies and rich atmospherics.
Page 1 of 2