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The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller. Read critic reviews

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While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband (Michiel Huisman) have sinister plans for the guests.

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  • Is this a film about grief masquerading as a horror film -- or vice versa?

    July 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If you were at a creepy dinner party, and the hosts decided to show a video of their vacation in which they spent time with a crazy cult leader in Mexico, would you stick around for the main course?

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.

    April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.

    April 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.

    April 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.

    April 21, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 22, 2020
    It's weird enough when your ex invites you to a dinner party with friends and her new significant other, but "The Invitation" piles on more uncomfortable / weird circumstances until it really goes off the rails (in a good way).
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2018
    Something about this style of story telling is very unsettling, it feels a bit of from the start. Makes you think about all the times you felt awkward or out of place, you feel the constant character tension. The end is as surprising as it is gruesome, it is almost like you saw it coming the whole time.
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  • Dec 15, 2017
    Interesting idea. Drags out a little long, but decent Netflix watch.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2017
    The tension and paranoia of this indie film are almost unbearable, the finale is probably the weakest part of the film. The low budget never got in the way of the story and the one setting location is brilliant. The final 20 minutes comes and goes but it weakens all the hard work that the lead up created. I think the paranoia was enough and the pay off was to service audiences who expected the violent pay off. I thought the film was strong enough to try a another angle but it unfortunately leans towards the slasher. The actors were fantastic and the slow burning plot rewarded the audience with intelligent writing, just a shame that final shot was left in the film. I think that final twist was way too much and overly commercial, why leave the film with the view there is more connected to the cult? The film could've been more and it does a lot right but lost me in the finale 20 minutes. 30-07-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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