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Friend Request (2017)



Critic Consensus: Friend Request's attempts to update old-school teen horror for the digital age do not, sadly, include memorable characters, fresh scares, or novel storytelling twists.

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Laura, a popular college girl, is very active on social media and shares almost everything in her life with her 800+ friends on Facebook. However after accepting a friend request from an unknown girl named Marina, Laura becomes obsessed with Marina's profile, and soon her friends begin to die violently one by one.

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Critic Reviews for Friend Request

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (12)

It's a film devoid of subtext, which is especially disappointing given that the subtext would have been so easy to incorporate.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The characters aren't as obnoxious and unlikable as the ones in "Smiley" and "Unfriended," but then again, bland and forgettable is only a marginally preferable alternative.

September 23, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

So gloriously dumb that it is surprisingly a whole lot of fun.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

While Friend Request dives deep into the darker side to social addiction, and how it transforms us as a society and as individuals, it's too shallow of a film to have any true impact.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Among the most unintentionally funny films of recent vintage, starting with the periodic on-screen appearance of the heroine's Facebook friend count as it spirals downward, which is presented as equivalent to the tragedy of a string of murders.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

When dealing with something as stale and formulaic as Friend Request, you have to take what you can get.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friend Request

Friend Request is a ridiculously dumb horror bait that somehow manages to make Unfriended look as if it could easily be converted to become the best high-quality game on the Nintendo Switch. By that, I mean this dumb horror bait-to-the-eye makes Unfriended, another similar horror bait, look as if it could easily earn a ten out of ten just by watching it. That's literally saying too much especially if I'm comparing a dumb horror bait with another similar premise.

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EpicLadySponge the Adventurer

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I hope this isn't a portent of Alycia Debnam-Carey's future career.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Attempting to replicate other successful cyber horror films (like Unfriended), Friend Request utilises Facebook as the tool for creating the scares. When I say scares, I mean that loosely as this film has practically none. The premise sounded promising, but unfortunately this is just another low-budget horror failure. I did not care for the characters, I was glad that they got disposed of. The ending was terrible and rushed, suffice to say I was bored watching this.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

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