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The Lords of Salem Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2013
Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique.
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
April 19, 2013
It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 19, 2013
It's all meant to be monstrous, unspeakable, blasphemous horror but it comes across more like a slightly dirty drawing, passed in seventh-grade religion class.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 19, 2013
Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 18, 2013
Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
"The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 18, 2013
Rob Zombie, film scholar? I'm convinced. Rob Zombie, filmmaker? Mmmyeah, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 18, 2013
A more restrained kind of grungy horror throwback than the rocker-turned-filmmaker has offered to date, at least marking a step in a different direction, if not necessarily the right one.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 18, 2013
Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and "The Lords of Salem" has it in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 18, 2013
A portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of "witch trials."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2013
Although it eventually descends into silliness, this creepily atmospheric effort delivers some effective scares along the way.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 18, 2013
You get the idea that "The Lords of Salem" would be a lot scarier if you could tell what was going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 18, 2013
Zombie proves once again that he understands how many different ways there are to give an audience the creeps.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2013
Instead of retreating into his manic, hyper-allusive style of psychedelic, grindhouse-friendly pastiche, Zombie tested his considerable skills and made something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 17, 2013
Some of this looks cool enough, but most of it's just silly satanic mumbo jumbo that's not particularly scary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 17, 2013
So bad it's hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 16, 2013
Even as a coven assembles, the movie forgets to scare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
The movie is eerily photographed, but never suspenseful or scary, and eventually, events descend into goat-sacrificing silliness.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 16, 2013
Zombie's witches aren't as scary as the credible psychopaths he has portrayed before, but The Lords of Salem contains enough frenzied imagery in its climactic moments to make the spell linger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rob Nelson
Variety
April 16, 2013
Less inferno than slow burn, Rob Zombie's retro witch thriller The Lords of Salem has plenty of portent but not much payoff.