The Invitation (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.

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In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband, David's (Michiel Huisman, "Game of Thrones") dinner party. The pair's tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden's suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
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Mike Doyle
as Tommy
Toby Huss
as Dr. Joseph
Patricia Gates
as Follower
Karl Yune
as Choi
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Critic Reviews for The Invitation

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (22)

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… | May 18, 2016
Miami Herald
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Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
Chicago Reader
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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… | April 21, 2016
San Diego Reader
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All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Invitation

The tension built up over the 90% of movie to meet its climax is simply tedious. I wish I was uninvited to the movie night ð???

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Kusama's direction is excellent, especially in the way she explores the mise-en-scène and the geography of the house where the narrative takes place, and she knows very well how to create an uncomfortable feeling of unrest as we follow it from the point of view of its main character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Persuasive performances, assured production and slow-burn approach all appreciated but the only tension this film provoked in me was not 'what will happen?' but 'when will this be revealed as a suicide cult and the frenzied stabbings and bludgeonings begin? The always excellent John Carroll Lynch and the scrawnily deranged Lindsay Burdge are so obviously flagged as an ogre and a crazed acolyte that you'd have never to have seen a lock-in horror before to experience the slightest doubt what is going on.

Charles Brennan
Charles Brennan

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