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The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

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Noah Lee
Film Threat
January 8, 2013
In a year that's looking to have a very strong lineup of horror and genre movies, it's very likely that The Cabin in the Woods will come out the king of the hill.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jay Stone
January 8, 2013
The result is a film that might be too smart for its own good, a piece of meta-fiction that's all meta. The Cabin in the Woods isn't trying to scare us as much as it's trying to enlighten us about being scared, then settles for amusing us about it.
Mark H. Harris
January 8, 2013
Whedon's and Goddard's screenplay reads like both a love letter to horror movies and a good-natured treatise on what's wrong with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Charity
January 4, 2013
One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
January 4, 2013
While this film is not for everyone -- those who like their slasher film cliches without irony shouldn't bother -- anyone who likes brains to go with their blood are bound to appreciate what Whedon and Goddard have conjured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
January 4, 2013
Whedon refuses to keep the clichés entirely intact. In keeping with the overall theme, nothing is entirely what it seems, and nobody is entirely who they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2013
By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jack Rodgers
TV Guide
January 4, 2013
The Cabin in the Woods is a fiendishly clever, constantly imaginative horror thriller that keeps springing new surprises on the audience right up until the end credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
December 27, 2012
It's all great fun until the ending, which feels a little too safe, simple and silly to what had otherwise been an enjoyably twisted horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 16, 2012
One part horror film, and one part comedy with a hint of self reflection on a genre lacking challenging concepts.
Simon Miraudo
October 15, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods is both chilling and cackle-inspiring. Most significantly, it's consistently surprising, and that alone is cause for recommendation in the age of endless reboots and the non-stop barrage of demonic possession movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Kendrick
September 27, 2012
A surprisingly entertaining effort that works because it strikes a smart balance - embracing as well as rejecting viewer expectations and knowledge of the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
Just take my word on it, this film rocks. If you are disillusioned with the state of modern horror (and you should be) this is just the shot in the arm the genre has needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
September 26, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods is nothing short of brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 24, 2012
Cabin is perfectly enjoyable without ever quite feeling like there's anything at stake.
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
This is a must-buy Blu-Ray. The Cabin in the Woods is an excellent movie, it looks and sounds great, and there are plenty of informative bonus features. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
What I can definitely tell you, without giving away any of its secrets, is that Cabin In The Woods is going to be a pleasant surprise for just about everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Jeff Beck
September 14, 2012
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have gone all out to revitalize [the horror genre] with their brilliant take on an old tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 25, 2012
The most maniacal monster movie ever created.
Full Review | Original Score: A
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
An instant classic, endlessly clever and thrilling, and well worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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