Halloween H20

1998

Halloween H20

Critics Consensus

Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.

52%

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Total Count: 61

49%

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Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

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Critic Reviews for Halloween H20

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (11)

  • While Carpenter's film was all about economy and a skilful use of empty space, Miner's busy compositions have a cluttered feel that is echoed by superfluous orchestral music.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • I'm currently stuck watching the revival of a movie form that appalled me the first time around, then disappeared from view after a torrent of thoughtless re-workings that resembled bloody tape loops.

    Nov 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
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  • ...Steve Miner is no Carpenter.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Halloween: H20 is as stylish and scary as it is ultra-violent. It brings back a stunning Jamie Lee Curtis in the role that made her a star and it's a work of superior craftsmanship in all aspects.

    Feb 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Now that they have produced something vaguely enjoyable, hopefully the film makers will let the series rest in peace.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The scary slasher-movie genre has been ratcheted up several notches with the release today of Halloween: H20.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halloween H20

  • Sep 19, 2018
    Besides a stupid title that has nothing to do with water and some bland characters who are just there to die, at least this seventh Halloween movie has some original moments and fun deaths, even if the build-up is much better than the payoff (which is rather dumb, I would say).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2016
    Halloween H20 is the final chapter in the original trilogy inaugurated in 1978, back when we first got introduced to Michael Myers and when we first met Laurie Strode as the hero of this film. Now, it has been 20 years sense Myers has menaced his sister Laurie. Everyone suspects Myers might be back. This film is the final showdown between Laurie and her brother. We see the way Laurie has been haunted by what happened to her 20 years ago, and the way it affects her relationship with her son and her love interest. The film grounds the story of Myers and his confrontation with Laurie in reality, making Michael someone with very superhuman strength but who nevertheless can be stopped. The truth is that this film is not that great and doesn't quite deliver on the process of reunion that we would like. It is too much a product of its time, influenced heavily by the other slasher films of its time like Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). Even the movie poster looks like those films. In any case, not a bad movie, and worth seeing, but only on the heels of the other two films.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2015
    Of course we all know now that H20 went on to have a sequel, a reboot, a sequel to the reboot, and another Halloween film coming out next year, but props to Twenty Years Later for at least *trying* to end the franchise. It's nice sometimes to watch a horror go out on something other than a final-scare/cliff-hanger. Also notable for being the first Michael Myers movie that's any fun. Not a great movie, but credit where credit's due.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2013
    Jamie Lee Curtis returns for Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later in an attempt to save the franchise. Having faked her death and changed her name Laurie Strode has built a new life in California, but she still lives in fear of Michael Myers, knowing that one day he'll return. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Williams, Josh Hartnett, and LL Cool J, the performances are fairly good. However, the continuity changes from the previous films are hard to rectify, and the plot isn't really that interesting. Still, the kill sequences are intense and well-shot. While it pulls the series back from the brink of insanity, Halloween H2O: 20 Year Later isn't quite able to rekindle the spark that started it all.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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