Lights Out Reviews

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May 17, 2019
My overall reaction to the film teetered on the fence between "I kinda liked it" and outright dislike. I actually expected a more out-there story instead of a slightly mushy one about a family in turmoil.
January 15, 2019
It seems to rely way too much on the horror genre cliche handbook, which ultimately leaves the tension at a minimum when it should have been much more.
August 22, 2018
Epic daftness here from director David F Sandberg, with a picture that started life as a short horror film.
October 19, 2017
Teresa Palmer is disappointingly under-powered as the daughter.
April 18, 2017
A film with awful performances, a complacent direction and a laughable plot. [Full review in Spanish]
February 22, 2017
Unfortunately, like many dime-a-dozen horror films, Lights Out suffers from an all-in approach, choosing to simply attempt to scare the viewer by any means necessary rather than working on making it genuine.
December 26, 2016
A poorly executed child-in-peril piece of fright-free crud involving a deadly ghoul you can only see when the lights are out. So, why not stock up on high-powered torches? It's a weak horror premise, poorly done.
August 22, 2016
It's not bad but it could've been better than just a movie to pass the time with. [Full review in Spanish]
August 19, 2016
Just to watch it on free time and under low expectations. [Full review in Spanish]
August 19, 2016
Starting full of dark promise, Lights Out becomes a mechanical, family action film made with kid gloves. It left me begging to be scared.
August 19, 2016
Having done a good job with the casting of his central trio, it's a mystery why Sandberg didn't play to his screen strengths and give Bello more to get her teeth into.
August 18, 2016
Lights Out is a decent conceit stretched till it snaps, tied back together with feeble wisps of story, and re-stretched so dimly and often you'll mainly be craving the illumination on your watch dial.
August 17, 2016
Not as scary as the orginal shortfilm. [Full review in Spanish]
August 12, 2016
Sanberg's original idea doesn't quite work for the big screen. [Full review in Spanish]
August 3, 2016
A general audience will be unnerved, occasionally scared out of their wits, and probably satisfied by this old-fashioned exploration of fear of the dark. Horror enthusiasts will bemoan this tepid, overly safe foray.
July 29, 2016
Predictable in all accounts, this movie would have been better off entitled, Darkness Falls 2.
Top Critic
July 28, 2016
The fun wears out fast and so does the "gotcha" factor.
July 27, 2016
Lights Out ultimately can't quite justify its full-length running time and is, for the most part, unable to live up to the high bar set by its preceding short (and its own opening stretch, certainly).
July 26, 2016
Blasé characters and tired jump scares [populate] a "Nightmare On Elm Street" redux that swaps out dreams for darkness and an iconic villain for an indistinct one.
July 23, 2016
Bello is an excellent actress and makes Sophie's anguish credible, although she can't rise above the material.
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