The Strangers Reviews

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March 31, 2019
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.
November 17, 2011
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
August 29, 2008
This suspense film by first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino initially squeezes some surprisingly effective scares out of familiar elements. Sadly, the scenario quickly becomes attenuated and unbelievable.
July 18, 2008
At least it's short.
June 2, 2008
A sadistic, unmotivated home-invasion flick.
March 31, 2019
It's all admirably restrained and, for the most part, effective.
March 31, 2019
This one's a neat little chiller that creates fear out of the familiar: dark corners in the room, peepholes that show masked figures, walls that are incessantly battered with loud knocks, glass panes that reflect strange images.
March 31, 2019
The movie achieves an okay level of tension, especially in the first half, because first-time director Bryan Bertino has absorbed his Texas Chainsaw Massacre lessons well.
March 31, 2019
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.
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