Lights Out Reviews

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July 23, 2016
Bello is an excellent actress and makes Sophie's anguish credible, although she can't rise above the material.
July 22, 2016
It has a fabulous idea of what it looks like when the boogeyman is coming to get you. It has no idea what to do when the boogeyman finally gets there.
July 22, 2016
The dialogue often comes across as phony and forced, just like the obtrusive Avenged Sevenfold poster strategically plastered on Rebecca's living-room wall.
July 22, 2016
For the most part, though, the film is just a tired tread through the usual elements.
July 22, 2016
[Lights Out is] shot largely in the dark. Sadly, the potholes in the narrative leave the audience stuck there, too.
July 22, 2016
The short that inspired it packs more frights into its 3+ minutes of running time.
July 22, 2016
The only real inventiveness on display here is in how many ways someone can outwit a creature that not only depends on darkness, but has the ability to mess with electrical power.
July 22, 2016
The scares are cheap, but they're frequently effective, the same way that if you're hungry junk food might fill you up. It doesn't mean you'll feel good about it later.
July 21, 2016
Palmer, recently seen bathing in light in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, is a formidable presence here, but she's crippled by a sloppy and tone-deaf script. It scores laughs when trying to be serious with emotions and psychology.
July 21, 2016
Drenched in cliché and threatens to be completely drab until it's saved by its frightening finale.
July 21, 2016
Unfortunately, the film stumbles, offering too few legitimate scares and displaying an overreliance on traditional horror movie clichés.
July 21, 2016
Awfully inept ...
July 21, 2016
Few horror films are as insistent about the trauma mental illness inflicts on families as Lights Out, and still fewer are so insensitive about it.
July 21, 2016
Feels like a first draft. You can practically hear the typos.
July 21, 2016
Watching Lights Out is like standing next to an idiot with an air horn, never quite knowing when it's about to blow in your ear. It's a far cry from the freaky grace of David F. Sandberg's short.
July 21, 2016
David Sandberg's LIGHTS OUT isn't a bad horror movie. It's well produced, acceptably performed, with decent special effects and a barrage of shocks. But we've seen it before. Again and again. And again.
July 21, 2016
It's the cinematic equivalent to a carnival funhouse: a bit scary when you're traversing it, but utterly forgettable (and mildly regrettable) once it's over.
July 21, 2016
For a long time it's a 'Don't go in there' film of the highest calibre. Sadly, it turns into a 'Don't go there' film by the end.
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 20, 2016
A feature needs something beyond brief periodic jolts of fear.
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