Slender Man (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Slender Man might be thin, but he's positively robust compared to the flimsy assortment of scares generated by the would-be chiller that bears his name.

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In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist... until one of them mysteriously goes missing.

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (11)

If you thought the bogeyman was slender, wait till you see the film.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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These competent actresses deserve actual characters to play, but Birke's screenplay is as devoid of personality as the faceless cipher stalking its heroes.

Aug 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It doesn't add up to much more than a shoulder shrug. Perhaps that's one way to kill off Slender Man: make his story so dull that no one cares.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Sporadically, one can see the movie that Slender Man could have been, but it disappears like the title character's victims.

Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Slender Man feels as used up as any years-old meme, like trying to explain what's funny about dat boi a decade late.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…
Newsweek
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It turns its boogeyman into a generic figure of menace who doesn't feel ready for his moment in the horror movie spotlight.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Slender Man

"He gets in your head like a virus." "What kind of virus?" "Like a computer virus that infects your hard drive, but instead of your hard drive it's your brain!" Technically speaking, this might not fully qualify as a movie. It's certainly a recording of actors talking and moving, but Slender Man lacks any pretense of artistic expression. Also, it somehow fails to meet even the criteria of a film genre that has already relegated itself to lower than substandard expectations. Month by month we see shitty jump-scare horrors all as indistinguishable from one to the next, promising some transient thrills with boring, boring, BANG dynamics. Yet it not only fails to tell a compelling story in any regard to its ill-timed and criminally (literally) insensitive boogieman, but it also fails to deliver in the already lazy formula it is reliant upon. It's an utter waste of scream queen Annalise Basso who goes missing within the first 15 minutes despite her being the actress with the most credentials. Joey King of The Kissing Booth takes center stage and does her best (which isn't all that great) with the anachronistic dialogue written by a 50 year old man trying his best to capture the spirit of high school aged girls.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

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½

Okay. Who cut the scene where our "heroes" seek out Vincent D'Onofrio and listen to him give an exposition dump? I ask because that's literally the only "Horror Movie 101" trope this doesn't ape.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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