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The Return Reviews

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Top Critic
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2006
The Return universally fails to establish any sense of reality, which makes it hard to register when Joanna's world starts falling apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
March 1, 2007
Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 10, 2006
Although it's being advertised as a horror movie, The Return actually invents a new genre: the bore-or movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2006
Sarah Michelle Gellar may have ditched the Grudge franchise, but her predilection for illogical horror continues with The Return.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
November 12, 2006
A bleak, listless horror film that hews so closely in plot and tone to Gellar's The Grudge that it might as well be a sequel
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
Brian Orndorf
November 10, 2006
I've not witnessed a more torturously boring, convoluted, and eye-wateringly moronic chiller this year.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 13, 2006
Gellar, who isn't bad with comedy, can't do drama, even in the chocolate-colored hair she wears this time.
| Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 31, 2007
A bland affair with a few clever twists here and there.
Peter Sobczynski
November 14, 2006
A film so formless and pointless that you may find yourself wondering who the target audience was supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Maidel Barrett
E! Online
November 16, 2006
Why is Sam Shepard in this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Hemphill
November 11, 2006
Asif Kapadia's The Return is a visually sumptuous but emotionally stillborn thriller that may be a bit too modest for its own good.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 13, 2006
As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her T-shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
January 13, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
January 20, 2007
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Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 22, 2006

Irish Times
January 19, 2007
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