The Strangers 2008

The Strangers

Critics Consensus

The Strangers has a handful of genuinely scary moments, but they're not enough to elevate the end results above standard slasher fare.

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Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. First, a mysterious and dangerous woman arrives at the door while James is out on an errand. When he returns, he accidentally kills his friend Mike (Glenn Howerton), mistaking him for an intruder. And then real danger does show up -- in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival.

Cast & Crew

Kip Weeks
The Man in the Mask
Alex Fisher
Mormon Boy 1
Bryan Bertino
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Roy Lee
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Kelli Konop
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Joseph Drake
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Sonny Mallhi
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Trevor Macy
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Marc D. Evans
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Critic Reviews for The Strangers

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (86)

  • The movie is best before the mayhem actually starts: First-time writer-director Bryan Bertino gets right some priceless details as the couple try to deal with the evening's earlier fallout, and elevates his movie above other horror films.

    March 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Sara Voorhees

    Observer
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  • The formula of calm followed by shock is repeated until one tires of the technical polish of Bryan Bertino's directorial debut (with nods towards Funny Games and the French Them?) in the absence of coherent plot or character development.

    March 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Given the two dominant trends in recent American horror -- meat-grinder gore and remakes of Asian films involving creepy pale children -- this nasty but rather tightly made film almost counts as a return to classical virtues. Almost.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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  • The Strangers has a couple of scares, but it's not anywhere near as frightening as advertised. The creepy folks of the title are more fumbling than fiendish.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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  • A good-looking, sophisticated, if somewhat pointless addition to the slasher-horror genre.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For most of its length, this is a grippingly unpleasant picture of barbaric, gratuitous evil, stealthier and scarier than Funny Games, to which it bears a slight resemblance.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strangers

  • Sep 26, 2015
    The Strangers may not be the most intelligent or original horror film, but it's nonetheless a terrifying film that will leave you scared to stay home alone.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2013
    A good, suspenseful, horror film. In the RT consensus you may have read the following: "The Strangers provides a few scares, but offers little else to distinguish itself from other slasher films." and while I have a few critiques of this film myself which keep it from being better, I do not agree with this consensus. This slasher distinguishes itself with it's premise. We've probably all feared experiencing a break in while in the house, some crazed serial killer coming in to kill us right where we are supposed to feel the safest. This film exploits this. It goes from a stranger knocking on the door late at night disturbing a not-so-happy couple, to three strangers (inevitably) hunting this couple down. These villains have Micheal Myer's power, which as I mentioned in my review of The Hitcher, is the antagonist's ridiculous ability to appear /disappear at will, and to generally know just exactly where their victim is... The failed catchings / life spares are simply there to fill in the 90 minutes. With all that said, it's a minor annoyance, and this is a pretty good film otherwise. Not the most unique horror film you'll ever see, but rightfully it's own piece. Enjoy it for what it is, it's well done.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2012
    Horror elements work and it effectively relies on a super slim story. Other then that, this film becomes frustrating
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    the scares come from the beginning when the lead character has no idea of the impending danger. once the villains reveal themselves it becomes a tiredsome race to a forgettable conclusion. the final third really lets the wheels for off
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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