The Return

2006

The Return (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Unoriginality may be an acceptable risk in the Horror genre, but boredom is never okay.

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Joanna Mills is a tough young Midwesterner determined to learn the truth behind the increasingly terrifying supernatural visions that have been haunting her. She has made a successful career for herself as sales representative for a trucking company. But, her private life has been difficult. Estranged from her father, stalked by an obsessed ex-boyfriend, and with few friends, Joanna fears that she is losing control. She sees and feels the brutal murder of a young woman she's never met at the hands of a heartless killer--a man who appears to be making Joanna his next target. Determined to fight back, Joanna is guided by her nightmares to the murdered woman's hometown. Once there, she will discover that some secrets can't be buried; some spirits never die and that the murder she is trying to solve may be her own.

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Critic Reviews for The Return

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

Adam Sussman's script is so thin you can see right through it.

Jan 16, 2007 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable.

Jan 15, 2007 | Full Review…
Time Out
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[The Return is] more haunting than it has any right to be, thanks to its love of long, lonesome highways and the way the violence of the past bleeds into the present.

Nov 17, 2006 | Rating: B-
AV Club
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Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense.

Nov 15, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

This murky psychological horror effort is not likely to inspire a return.

Nov 13, 2006

Time-killer chiller reps an undistinguished U.S. debut for U.K. helmer Asif Kapadia, though the undernourished script may be most at fault.

Nov 13, 2006
Variety
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Audience Reviews for The Return

Most people put this in the category of supernatural thriller, well it didn't thrill me. To me the best part of the movie was the 2 car wrecks at the end. Funny thing is during the whole movie didn't see one cop, and hey do you know how to dial 911 Bozo, glad this one was a rental, and more glad I didn't see it in the theater. Not even worth the $1.00 movie theater. And if you buy it you more the likely will RETURN IT. 2 Stars Baby

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Some scenes were really scary. Nice movie.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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½

Utterly boring throughout, which is a shame because I feel a lot more could have been made from this storyline. I can?t really call this an anti-climax as that would suggest there a build up before hand.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Very disappointing. A drab looking brunette Sarah Michelle Gellar running around a small town, having flashes about the death or some woman who may or may not have a link to her. It wasn't especially interesting, or scary, and I literally had to do research to understand the ending. Now that I get it, I still don't get it. LOL. Not wanting to spell it out and ruin it for someone who might want to watch this, but to me, it just seemed ridiculous that this situation would happen to an 11 year old. The acting is fine, but it's just such a confusing, silly story. Try "The Skeleton Key" for a better version of this type of thing. SMG should have stayed on Buffy for a few more years!!!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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