Lights Out Reviews

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July 21, 2016
Even the most cynical, jaded, seen-it-all-before critic cannot deny certain visceral reactions to a film. Lights Out gave me the chills.
July 21, 2016
A terrifically effective little scarefest.
July 21, 2016
A nifty fright flick with glimmers of depth. Short and effective.
Top Critic
July 21, 2016
The film is blatantly, unmistakably about mental illness, and that makes it hard to ignore or forgive what it ends up saying (hopefully by accident) on the subject.
July 21, 2016
A small, pitch-black treat, "Lights Out" takes a common childhood terror and uses it to spin a horror story with a new kind of ghost and some familiar, but still effective shocks.
July 21, 2016
In some ways the film is like an amusement park ride. You see the curves and twists coming, but if you're going fast enough, they're scary anyway.
July 20, 2016
Once the film runs out of unusual lighting schemes to exploit (violet-hued goth black lighting, random blasts of car headlights, etc.), it loses power faster than a millennial with a long-overdue electric bill. But that one shadow lady is enough.
July 20, 2016
Lights Out would be a modest triumph if not for one near-fatal flaw, which it shares with much modern horror: the overblown, schlocky sound design, which blasts us with electronic noise whenever the ghost comes into view.
July 20, 2016
Built on a clever premise, the film is executed seamlessly. It's the best expression of a low-budget horror flick: resourceful and smart, where the most charismatic character is the ghoul itself.
July 19, 2016
Palmer and Bello really do seem like world-weary, spook-addled daughter and mother, and they play the stakes just so, favoring neither blase understatement nor yellow-highlighter melodrama.
July 19, 2016
This is a movie that just floats along until it becomes socially irresponsible not to divulge some sort of explanation.
July 18, 2016
Lights Out needs to be seen in a darkened theater next to someone who won't judge you for jumping out of your seat.
July 18, 2016
Unsettling enough to make you think twice about what might be in the room with you when the lights go out.
June 23, 2016
A surprisingly maternal horror movie that relies as much on fraying emotional bonds as supernatural suspense to create tension.
June 9, 2016
Occasionally succumbs to certain rudimentary hallmarks of industrial studio horror, but for the most part it's agreeably suspenseful, date-night arm-squeezing genre fare.
June 9, 2016
Never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What's most shocking is how well it still works.
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