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 22, 2016
The thrills are well orchestrated in a flick that knows not to outstay its welcome.
August 18, 2016
In its own deeply contrived way, the film is just as frightening as you want it to be.
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 15, 2016
A lean, mean scare-machine, and a surprise contender for horror of the year. Seek it out. Then, for God's sake, buy a bedside lamp.
August 9, 2016
As far as thrills and chills go, Sanberg's feature-length debut revels in both of them, making this a spooky little endeavor I'm frightfully happy to say I enjoyed.
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.
Top Critic
July 28, 2016
The fun wears out fast and so does the "gotcha" factor.
July 25, 2016
Lights Out, the new horror movie about a monster that can only strike when, well, the lights are out, is a near masterpiece of scary movie craft.
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
If you are in the mood for some neck hair prickles, this should do the trick. By the finely judged end, just who is causing all this horror is not clear, and that perhaps is the greatest fright of all.
July 22, 2016
For the most part, though, the film is just a tired tread through the usual elements.
July 22, 2016
The short that inspired it packs more frights into its 3+ minutes of running time.
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
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
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.
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