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The Stepfather Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One is left longing for Hitchcock's dark, daring wit and disturbingly amoral insights.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Too often disappointingly thin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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AV Club
January 23, 1987
Full Review | Original Score: F
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
June 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
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+
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
One of the classiest thrillers to never come out of Hollywood
| Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2006
A high water mark of 1980s horror/suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
September 24, 2007
An engrossing suspense thriller that refreshingly doesn't cheat the audience in terms of valid clues and plot twists.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
A wonderful horror film because the people are so ordinary
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Douglas Pratt
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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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