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The Invitation Reviews

May 19, 2016
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2016
Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2016
Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.
April 21, 2016
John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2016
All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 15, 2016
Will is the proxy through which we experience the increasingly confounding web of suspicion and surprises that are obfuscated by social niceties and facades of politesse.
April 15, 2016
Accept "The Invitation" and don't ask any more questions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 14, 2016
It's an unusually evocative achievement in suspense, and in a brand of cinematic paranoia unique to the hills, canyons and denizens of LA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2016
The Invitation maintains a unique intrigue that constantly defies expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 11, 2016
A skillfully executed slow-burn thriller for a cynical age.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 8, 2016
It's simple stuff, but it's remarkably effective, working to a sinister climax that largely pays off after 90 minutes of build-up.
April 8, 2016
The mysteries of grief form the emotional core of director Karyn Kusama's unsettling thriller.
April 8, 2016
Kusama ratchets the story's tension masterfully, building to a final shot that's as chilling as it is perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 8, 2016
An intimate, highly effective chiller in a confined space with an armrest-grabber of a payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2016
If the movie works as well as it does, it's because Ms. Kusama can coax scares from shadows, silences and ricocheting looks.
April 7, 2016
Kusama's handling of point of view is diabolically shrewd. She maximizes the terror potential of the vapidly ostentatious modernist mansion without fetishizing it. She intensifies the monstrosity of some of the characters by making them all too human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2016
Kusama ratchets up the tension expertly; we, like Will, become increasingly uncomfortable, seeing evil omens everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 6, 2016
With the wickedly sharp The Invitation, Kusama has demanded that Hollywood give her a seat at the table. I'd give her one - or else.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 5, 2016
The buildup stretches longer than it should, but the payoff comes with a satisfying bang.
February 22, 2016
Those patches eventually get unsmoothable in a climactic sequence that more than pays off on the sometimes iffy buildup.
February 22, 2016
A teasingly effective thriller that builds a remarkable level of tension over the course of its 99-minute running time.
July 26, 2015
A dinner-party mystery so sweat-inducingly tense that I could only watch it through laced fingers.