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The Last House on the Left Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
October 19, 2016
Indelibly scummy, Wes Craven's freshman shocker is less a rip-off of The Virgin Spring than a purposefully degraded update, with the medieval barbarism of the original cannily transplanted to Vietnam-era America.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2016
It's pretty to look at and ugly to digest.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 5, 2015
[Its] indictment of the human capacity for hatred and violence is nothing next to its status as a long lost Keystone Kops feature cut together with the world's worst folk musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 13, 2013
A piss poor horror film with terrible production qualities.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 27, 2011
A depraved exploitation film specifically designed to shock and repulse viewers...also a cultural artifact reflective of and reactive to the time it was made... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 13, 2009
The exceedingly low-rent production values subsequently ensure that the more overtly horrific elements within Craven's script often fall completely flat...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

TV Guide
September 26, 2007
An ugly, disturbing, passionately conceived cult favorite, Last House on the Left is much more complex (albeit crudely made) than its controversial reputation would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
It isn't artistically adroit, but if success in this genre is counted by squirms, it's a success.
Jo Berry
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2007
Sartorially dated certainly, but still powerful, disturbing and raw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Craven and company tap into something hot, dark and deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Douglas Pratt
June 14, 2007
if one is not disgusted enough to stop watching, one is left wishing that the movie would show more than it does
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's disgusting and gripping at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Craven's cold, flat style of filming emphasises the fact that the violence dehumanises not only the victims but the aggressors.
Top Critic
Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The party who wrote this sickening tripe and also directed the inept actors is Wes Craven.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 21, 2005
A estúpida tentativa de combinar cenas de violência realista com outras de humor pedestre anula o impacto do filme e nos leva a questionar a sanidade do jovem Craven.
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 7, 2004
Introduced a sadism that lurks beneath the surface of Craven's work to this day. It's not fun, as horror should be; it's amoral, and you leave it feeling sickened and dirty.
| Original Score: 0/5
June 18, 2003
One of the true classics of modern horror cinema.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 3, 2002
a supremely schizophrenic movie, alternating awkward scenes of bad comedy with gruesome and unsettling moments of violence that reach a nasty level of documentary realism
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
I can't decide whether the film is more distasteful or more inept
| Original Score: 0/5
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