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The Return Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
This low-key supernatural thriller, illogical as it is, offers a brief respite from the gruelling Saws and Hostels of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
Built from spare parts left over by American remakes of Japanese copies of "Ringu", "The Return" is at least two steps removed from the first generation copy.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 31, 2007
A bland affair with a few clever twists here and there.
Anton Bitel
June 12, 2007
Too polished to be truly creepy, The Return has more than enough atmosphere to keep you watching - but nowhere near enough mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
The Return is a slow burn that's often way too slow, feeling stretched to meet a running time that's still under 90 minutes.
Keith Breese
March 12, 2007
a low point in the on-going battle to scare U.S. teens from their allowances
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Weinberg
March 1, 2007
Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matthew Turner
January 20, 2007
[The Return] isn't creepy enough to really work properly and there's an over-reliance on sudden soundtrack noises in place of actual scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Russell
January 16, 2007
It proves what many people have been suspecting for a while now: SMG is a scream queen for audiences who don't like horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 16, 2007
Adam Sussman's script is so thin you can see right through it.
Jamie Russell
Total Film
January 15, 2007
She gulps a hell of a lot, her cardigan sleeves are pulled down over her hands and her forehead's slightly furrowed (not too much, mind, it could make her look old). It can only mean one thing: Sarah Michelle Gellar is acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
January 15, 2007
If you are expecting anything new or profound to be added to the Rocky recipe then guess again - there is nothing fresh or original here, simply a wellconstructed and engagingly-performed film that will tick all the right boxes for Rocky fans.
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 15, 2007
It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable.
James Dyer
Empire Magazine
January 15, 2007
A large step backwards for a promising director and far from the return we'd been hoping for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 24, 2006
...merely a good ending in search of a proper build-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 17, 2006
[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.
| Original Score: B-
Maidel Barrett
E! Online
November 16, 2006
Why is Sam Shepard in this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 15, 2006
As a superb example of a filmmaker more than making the most of his material, it's a fascinating experience, even though that material is wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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