The Apparition


The Apparition

Critics Consensus

The Apparition fails to offer anything original, isn't particularly scary, and offers so little in the way of dramatic momentum that it's more likely to put you to sleep than thrill you.



Total Count: 62


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When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force. -- (C) Warner Bros.


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Critic Reviews for The Apparition

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (60)

  • This horror movie from Warner Bros. is nothing special, but it's nice to see a modest genre entertainment buoyed by a major studio's resources.

    Aug 31, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The entity is a ghostly presence amid an even ghostlier absence. This is truly distressed real estate.

    Aug 29, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Something lacking either body heat or visceral suspense.

    Aug 28, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • For casual viewers desiring a few scares, some suspense and a sustained sense of dread and malevolence, you could do worse.

    Aug 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Frank Lovece

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  • Lights flicker; soap and cactuses blacken; claw marks appear; icky molds gather like hornet nests.

    Aug 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater.

    Aug 26, 2012 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Apparition

  • Feb 06, 2017
    Okay, so now fair warning, this is a minor-spoiler, but, I really wouldn't worry about that seeing as I'm going to preface it by recommending you don't watch The Apparition. In the 3rd act, there are some pretty cool scenes were things like ends up spliced through walls and such. Those parts were actually semi-cool. Everything else about The Apparition is a big, stupid, boring mess.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2014
    It's exactly what you think it will be. No better or worse than any other straight to dvd horror movie. Felt like watching something creepy with a few scares and this delivers. I think this movie has been unfairly panned. While it's not a masterpiece, it does make sense and, honestly, do you usually rent an unheard of horror movie for the great acting? As it happens, cast is fine. Ashley Green is a decent actress, got to admit, she and the boyfriend are both so pretty it does feel a bit like an advert at first, but again, that's typical in this genre. Tom Felton is pretty good as well. End credits are very nice to look at also. I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to run out and purchase this, but if it happened to be on TV, I don't think it's a total waste of an hour and a bit. (Not all that long either at under 80 minutes).
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2014
    I didn't think this was as bad as others said it was. It was creepy and suspenseful.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2012
    "Apparition" is the type of movie that makes you appreciate other movies, that you otherwise take for granted. This is kind of like "Paranormal Activity", only with a budget and zero of the creativity. "Activity" may not be a great horror movie, but when it came out it was inventive and unique. This is a rip off, and a very bad one at that. It's about a couple who are haunted in their home by a presence that was summoned during a college experiment. The acting is horrible, the story is generic, and the execution is poor. There is long stretches of just "spooky" music that doesn't move the story along, or provide any real suspense. All this movie made me want to do was re-watch the first "Paranormal Activity". If your a fan of horror or movies in general, you will probably be disappointed with this.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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