Lights Out Reviews

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October 10, 2016
There are scares from the off in the short, punchy horror Lights Out, adapted by the director David F Sandberg from his short film.
August 1, 2016
Although the movie doesn't offer much in the way of characterization, its cheap thrills are manufactured effectively, like an amusement-park ride designed to rattle the nerves.
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July 28, 2016
The fun wears out fast and so does the "gotcha" factor.
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
At 81 minutes, unfolding in a handful of key locations, and opting for practical effects and clever framing over computer-generated imagery, Lights Out is still lean and concentrated, and it benefits from that spareness.
July 22, 2016
Predictable stuff, energized by some spiffy scare effects and actors who perform well beyond the call of fright-house duty.
July 22, 2016
For the most part, though, the film is just a tired tread through the usual elements.
July 22, 2016
There are a few inconsistencies with the scary bits, but the script is rich, and having Teresa Palmer as a badass adult daughter with commitment issues - typically a male role - is refreshing.
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
Spackling over any copycat cracks with strong acting and fleet editing, "Lights Out" delivers minimalist frights in old-school ways.
July 21, 2016
Unfortunately, the film stumbles, offering too few legitimate scares and displaying an overreliance on traditional horror movie clichés.
July 21, 2016
Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg makes an impressive feature debut with this spooky, less-is-more expansion of his short that landed him this first Hollywood gig.
July 21, 2016
Awfully inept ...
July 21, 2016
"Lights Out" is an effective, tidy little chiller; basically the same sneak-up-in-the-dark scare over and over. But hey, as we've learned through decades of horror movies, that stuff works.
July 21, 2016
Like the most enjoyable horror movies, Lights Out is almost a physical experience, carrying viewers from stress and terror to even some tension-breaking hilarity.
July 21, 2016
The tale of a restless evil spirit who suffers from an extreme aversion to light, this nifty little chiller may be the first movie of its kind to unite the pleasure of a good haunting with the horror of an unpaid electricity bill.
July 21, 2016
Sandberg ... spares us from the indignity of jump scares. When he sets out to frighten you, he means it.
July 21, 2016
In the end, it's just a little horror movie, but the director knows that and doesn't overplay his hand.
July 21, 2016
"Lights Out" deserves to be considered in the company of such recent horror standouts as "It Follows," "The Babadook," "Goodnight Mommy" and "The Witch."
July 21, 2016
A brisk, studio-glossy feature that's predictable and heavily reliant on jump scares but spooky good fun nonetheless.
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