The Invitation Reviews

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April 15, 2021
The Invitation is a haunting slow burn with subtle performances and an intangible feeling of something askew that leaves this ominous feeling of something sinister constantly bubbling just below the surface.
June 11, 2020
Another eerie, cloistered affair that might be a warning to those expanding their trusted bubbles by gathering in homes during these uncertain times...
April 19, 2020
The Invitation is a slow burn suspense/thriller that takes its time building its characters and their relationships until the perfect time to rattle everything and create a satisfying result to all the building up.
February 6, 2020
Old wounds, new wounds, paranoia and terror are all split open and laid bare, making The Invitation a feat in filmmaking.
January 8, 2020
The Invitation is a delightfully demented thriller that plays on the awkward social dynamics of dinner parties.
August 28, 2019
An enjoyable exercise of tension that only fails because it is too evident in its proposal and also falls into some tricky plot decisions. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 27, 2019
An intense psychological thriller of terror, creating a so great atmosphere of tension that the spectator will remain - with pleasure - seated, from the beginning of the film to the end. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 8, 2019
It waits and makes you question what kind of movie it is until it finally reveals itself in a beautiful finale. That's what makes it truly one of the best movies of the year.
July 20, 2019
The Invitation's tension is built in a claustrophobic environment in which the sinister threat may or may not be real.
March 2, 2019
... moves quickly from messed up to more messed up to ... kind of a sad relief? Hold on to something {or someone} for that last bit - including the mesmerizing final shot.
October 31, 2018
The Invitation is a masterful exercise in unbearable tension.
October 24, 2018
I really wanted to like this film, but it never came together for me. The character motivations made little sense and the twist at the end had zero payoff.
September 21, 2018
The Invitation is a great potboiler of a film, rich with character and atmosphere. You know you're onto something special when a slap, a twist of a key or an after dinner toast can instil fear and dread.
August 23, 2018
[It's] a delightful and ambitious origin story about mass redemption.
July 14, 2017
We've spent an hour and a half trying to figure out their secrets. Once all is revealed, they're no longer very interesting.
June 27, 2017
The Invitation presents audiences with characters trying to move on from terrible experiences. It also presents two different ways of approaching the healing process, and the failing of a community to support those in pain.
March 16, 2017
The Invitation is an exceptionally unnerving thriller, a sharp study in the horrors of platonic indulgence and the over-extension of courtesy.
January 19, 2017
Kusama does an expert job of unspooling the suspense.
October 5, 2016
Director Karyn Kusama makes the most of the angular, impossibly expensive house in the Hollywood Hills where almost all of the claustrophobic action takes place.
August 17, 2016
A must-see psychological thriller.
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