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The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 12, 2012
"Cabin" is so bent on switcherooing the heck out of us that it ends up resembling a TV soap such as "Glee"...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
All the actors do a decent job with whatever is thrown at them -- usually sharp objects.
Nick Schager
House Next Door
March 10, 2012
Horror cinema subversiveness need not preclude actual horror, a fact that's unfortunately lost on The Cabin in the Woods.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 27, 2012
... dumbass slasher-movie hokum ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 13, 2012
Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 7, 2012
[VIDEO] Before you waste your time and money on this cinematic mongrel, check out "Mindhunters." It's not a perfect slasher picture either, but it's a damn sight better than "The Cabin in the Woods."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 29, 2012
It's hard to overlook the transition from smart to smart-assed and the dispensation of credibility for a weightlessly nihilistic punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Staci Layne Wilson
April 24, 2012
Unless you're a Whedon buff, wait for DVD.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 15, 2012
It aims to play fast and loose with the splatter formula.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 12, 2012
There is a scholarly, nerdy, completist sensibility at work here that is impressive until it becomes exhausting.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Meta musings leave this reviewer cold
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
October 6, 2014
The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 12, 2012
The only comedy-horror that ever worked was An American Werewolf in London - and it worked because it was about character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
April 14, 2012
This movie borrows elements from several genres, throws the concoction into a blender and what comes out is a dish that is edible, but too soggy to enjoy. Too hipster and meta for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Olsen
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
More than anything else, Cabin feels like the endgame of so-called fanboy culture in the way in which it is first and foremost about itself, interested only in a fundamental adherence to rules of its own devising and fenced off from the world at large.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 10, 2012
An entire row of what they call "fanboys" at the screening I attended laughed all the way through the movie, although I failed to see anything remotely amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 13, 2012
This movie has its tongue so firmly in its cheek, it's poking through and making a really nasty hole.
Full Review | Original Score: B minus
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 19, 2012
really just another instalment in the live-action Scooby-Doo franchise
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Ramsey
April 21, 2012
...enough unemployed characters from Whedon's failed series Dollhouse to staff every Abercrombie & Fitch in Beverly Hills.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Cynthia Fuchs
May 2, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods revisits the formula that lets viewers feel superior (in terms of knowledge) and also anxious (because of that knowledge).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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