The Invitation Reviews

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July 26, 2016
Is this a film about grief masquerading as a horror film -- or vice versa?
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?
April 21, 2016
Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.
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.
April 21, 2016
All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.
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.
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.
April 11, 2016
The Invitation maintains a unique intrigue that constantly defies expectations.
April 11, 2016
A skillfully executed slow-burn thriller for a cynical age.
April 9, 2016
It's ruthless, the degree to which 'The Invitation' toys with you, overwhelming the narrative with a mood of slipperiness and unsteadiness.
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.
April 8, 2016
An intimate, highly effective chiller in a confined space with an armrest-grabber of a payoff.
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.
April 7, 2016
The cast is uniformly great, and the film is elegantly shot. But when the third act reveals the film's intentions, it feels less like a procession of startling revelations and more like plot points are being crossed off a checklist.
April 7, 2016
Kusama ratchets up the tension expertly; we, like Will, become increasingly uncomfortable, seeing evil omens everywhere.
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