The Return (2006)



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.
PG-13 (for violence, terror and disturbing images)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Joanna Mills
Sam Shepard
as Ed Mills
Darrian McClanahan
as Young Joanna Mills
Adam Scott
as Kurt Setzer
Frank Ertl
as Ambrose Miller
Kate Beahan
as Michelle
Brad Leland
as Mr. Marlin
Wally Welch
as Snack Stand Vendor
Peter O'Brien
as Terry Stahl
Brent Smiga
as Higgins
Peter Cornwell
as Tavern Cowboy
Peyton Hayslip
as Laraine
Angela Rawna
as Doctor
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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable.

Full Review… | January 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

[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.

November 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense.

Full Review… | November 15, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

November 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
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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

Super Reviewer

Some scenes were really scary. Nice movie.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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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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