House of Wax - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

House of Wax Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
A standard-issue 'dead teenager movie.'
| Original Score: 1/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 6, 2005
This is bad horror at its best: hokey, predictable and completely unrealistic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 6, 2005
House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 5, 2005
A horror movie can get away with a lot, but once it crosses a certain line, it is insulting to viewers. House of Wax crosses that line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 7, 2005
The plot relies entirely on the stupidity of the protagonists and our desire to watch them die.
| Original Score: D
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 3, 2005
Slasher-lite
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Huver
Hollywood.com
May 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
May 6, 2005
A sadistically bland entertainment that oversells its reveals and lets its suspense drip so long that it would be nice if something (anything!) happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
May 6, 2005
'...the 2nd best Paris Hilton film I've seen this year. '
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
May 6, 2005
And in keeping with the wax, wax, everywhere WAX concept of this goofy little gore-bucket, I'll just glibly assume that the screenplay was written in crayon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2005
Characters are rote and unremarkable, plot devices predictable and the camera cheats by sticking close to actors so a viewer cannot see from where the next shock will come.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
May 5, 2005
Hilton is the cinematic equivalent of a stray dog, an untrained extra that accidentally wandered into the shot and quickly began making love to the camera.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 13, 2005
A mundane slasher flick populated by blandly pretty people who look really good in sweaty tank tops.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 5, 2005
Paris Hilton is the least of the film's problems, and when Paris Hilton is the least of your problems, you know you're in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
May 6, 2005
Irritating, boring, poorly acted, poorly directed and poorly written.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 5, 2005
House of Wax is cheap, dirty entertainment, and it knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rebecca Murray
About.com
May 6, 2005
The 2005 remake doesn't hold a candle to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2005
The movie would have been creepier if it had shut us inside the museum, and given us more creative wax-based killings instead of revisiting familiar slasher-flick stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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