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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.
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
Cole Smithey
December 2, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5

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
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.
Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
June 18, 2003
One of the true classics of modern horror cinema.
Nicolas Lacroix
November 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 19, 2002
Back in 1972, Wes Craven's feature-film debut The Last House on the Left pushed more than a few puritanical buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
David Wood
April 17, 2001
The film, to its credit, details both the initial acts of violation and the revenge that ensues as similarly de-humanising and reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
A cinematic masterpiece; an astonishing achievement; a landmark of horror that reaches into our deepest fears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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