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The Stepfather Reviews

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January 1, 2000
While I was watching the film, I was distracted by elements of the Idiot Plot Syndrome -- moments when only an idiot would have made such obvious mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
One is left longing for Hitchcock's dark, daring wit and disturbingly amoral insights.
August 30, 2004
Too often disappointingly thin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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January 23, 1987
Full Review | Original Score: F
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2008
Ruben's surprisingly resonant and durable tale ... cannily reflects, in a larger way, the era of its creation
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 11, 2005
One of the classiest thrillers to never come out of Hollywood
| Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2012
That's really all the movie needs to work: a sublime villain, with tight, driven direction, perfectly sturdy, effective writing, and a heroine who we can believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 4, 2006
A high water mark of 1980s horror/suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2007
An engrossing suspense thriller that refreshingly doesn't cheat the audience in terms of valid clues and plot twists.
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2002
A wonderful horror film because the people are so ordinary
| Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2011
The key to this movie is O'Quinn as the title character. He's a scary bastard, and as an actor he commits to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 16, 2009
The Stepfather is the full package: fast-paced, well-acted, suspenseful and brimming with bursts of nasty violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 25, 2009
...ultimately manages to overcome its almost aggressively uneven atmosphere to establish itself as a solid little '80s thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2007
The Stepfather makes use of a classic fairy tale device--the false parent--but it turns out to have a powerful effect upon one's involvement with the characters.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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