Come Play Reviews

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December 2, 2020
Chase turns up the volume and relies on jump scares to build the mood, but the frights barely leap out of the screen.
November 2, 2020
"Come Play" comes alive with impressive, old-school production design and simple direction...
October 30, 2020
A Babadook knockoff for parents who are worried that their kids are spending way too much time staring at screens.
October 30, 2020
"Come Play" is merely serviceable, and leaves you with the feeling that a much better game was lost in the shuffle.
October 30, 2020
This high-tech reinvention of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, complete with its monster POV shots, doesn't have the heart to make yours really skip a beat.
October 30, 2020
An inconsistent, flat film that is too often reliant on jump scares instead of atmosphere.
October 30, 2020
Come Play ends up being a fun, frequently tense little genre shocker that's also a sublime calling card for Chase that has me excited to see what he'll get up to next.
October 30, 2020
Although "Come Play" doesn't come to play, horror-wise, it is a surprisingly effective family drama, powered by a better-than-average cast.
October 29, 2020
It feels like a Blumhouse throw-away, complete with the low-profile cast and last-act narrative twist.
October 29, 2020
Even if you don't love the movie's rather cruel emotional tactics (what else is new, in horror?) and Olivier's frequent audible and visible anguish, you can admire the execution.
October 29, 2020
Expanded by the writer-director Jacob Chase from a short, "Come Play" feels secondhand in its overarching conceit, its scare tactics and even its sentimentality.
October 29, 2020
Hate surprises? Have I got the movie for you!
October 29, 2020
Writer-director Chase is clearly a student and fan of scary movies, and he's not shy about indulging in familiar yet effective clichés...
October 29, 2020
Chase's film is my favorite kind of creature feature; one that's ruled by characters not jump scares.
October 28, 2020
Built around a universal quandary of our tech-obsessed modern world, underpinned with a folkloric tale that appeals to our most primal child selves, yearning for acceptance and connection, it has a heavy metaphorical resonance.
October 28, 2020
If Come Play successfully mounted itself as a fright machine or otherwise effective genre exercise, then there wouldn't be time to sit through it asking questions about its intent or deeper meaning. But it doesn't, so there is.
October 28, 2020
It's not very frightening. Nor is it much fun...
October 28, 2020
The frisson of cultural topicality gives "Come Play" a midrange metaphorical heft that allows the otherwise predictable narrative to punch above its weight.
October 28, 2020
Larry and its mythos make for a fascinating new movie monster, and the potent scares grab you from the outset. But Come Play forgets to build on the horror as it shifts into a familiar family drama.
October 28, 2020
While it can be expected that high-concept horror movies will often be sewn together from the premises of recent genre successes, it's much too easy to see the stitches in writer-director Jacob Chase's Come Play.
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