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Haunter Reviews

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Dee Rudebeck
Guardian
April 3, 2014
A good performance from Breslin keeps tension alive, but hope for a really scary and inventive fright dies screaming in the basement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
October 15, 2013
Has an elegance roughly on par with a Goosebumps novel, refusing to follow its own contradictory rules and barely sustaining a pretense of internal logic.
Perri Nemiroff
We Got This Covered
October 7, 2013
Haunter is a step down for director Vincenzo Natali, but yet another step up for Abigail Breslin, who continues to prove herself as a leading lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
October 14, 2013
Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats, at the expense of elaborating on his main character's growing feelings of isolation and torment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Josh Modell
AV Club
October 17, 2013
The occasionally intriguing, but ultimately middling Haunter is caught in some kind of gauzy haunted-house purgatory between a girl-powered YA story and a ghostly serial-killer mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
October 16, 2013
Regrettably, while Haunter is initially intriguing...it soon proves incapable of unraveling its conceit, except through excessively convoluted means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com
October 18, 2013
"Haunter" has a solid setup, but the further Natali and King coax you into their labyrinth, the harder it becomes to appreciate what initially made their film so promising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 18, 2013
The plot spirals into increasing fuzziness ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 19, 2013
Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 7, 2013
...Natali's weakest film since 2003's Nothing...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
March 10, 2013
We're all for "deliberate pacing," but this is better described as "patience testing." None of the spark or verve that is present in Natali's other films is present here. It's as dusty as a Victorian ghost story without any of the actual scares.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
October 21, 2013
Never completely loses the viewer's interest, but the edgy, enigmatic would-be momentum goes slack in the second half as the slim plot extends to 97 minutes when 80 would have made for a tauter experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 14, 2013
anchored by a game performance by young Breslin, who deserves much, much better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2013
A dull, confusing movie for which nobody bothered to provide a script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Prigge
Metro
November 14, 2013
Without distraction, attention can drift to the poor, cheesy lo-fi effects, which look as shifty as they did in Natali's 'Cypher,' but without the relentlessly nutty plot twists that jerk us merrily around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 6, 2013
It's a puzzling, beautifully constructed reverse ghost story that shows Natali is unafraid to push the envelope regardless of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
April 2, 2014
Though [Natali's] haunted-house tale ultimately lacks the strong storytelling its high concept calls for, it still compels with its ambition, occasional eloquence, and heart-in-the-right- place vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
March 15, 2013
Clever, unexpected, and elevated by an engaging leading lady performance from Abigail Breslin. It's also convoluted as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2013
"Haunter" offers a freaky, visceral experience - without a hint of gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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William Goss
Film.com
March 13, 2013
Haunter continues the close-but-no-cigar tradition of Natali's post-Cube endeavors.
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