Sinister Reviews

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October 13, 2012
More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.
October 12, 2012
It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
October 12, 2012
A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.
October 12, 2012
Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ...
October 12, 2012
C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?
October 12, 2012
The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.
October 11, 2012
As the best horror stories so often do, "Sinister" makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all.
October 11, 2012
In its plot and even its title, the movie feels like a grab bag of every popular horror trope of the last 30 years.
October 11, 2012
As much as "Sinister" wants to tell a story, there isn't much of a story to be told.
October 11, 2012
Relies more on "gotcha" moments than storytelling.
October 11, 2012
Now this is a scary movie. And, given that it's a horror film, that means it's a good one.
October 11, 2012
[Director Scott Derrickson finds] new ways to frame the same rooms from one scene to the next and providing comic relief whenever the action threatens to turn monotonously grim.
October 11, 2012
The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable.
October 11, 2012
In true horror movie tradition, characters do things that are head-scratchingly dumb. Once you accept those logic-defying moments, the movie works with diabolical effectiveness.
October 11, 2012
Sinister' may make you jump at predictable intervals, but it never rattles your existential certainties the way truly subversive horror does.
October 11, 2012
There's something smarter, and truly creepy-crawly, about the way this movie sneaks up on your ears.
October 11, 2012
That title is off the mark. Here's a better one: "Stupid."
October 11, 2012
An occult thriller that scares with an absolute relentlessness.
October 11, 2012
"Sinister" is an undeniably scary movie, with performances adding enough human interest to give depth to the basic building blocks of horror.
October 10, 2012
I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.
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