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The Strangers Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
But I guess it's just hard for a movie about characters with bags on their heads to have any real teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably.
Nick Rogers
October 11, 2010
There?s no better feet-on-the-seat execution for the home-invasion genre than this. "The Strangers" twists the knife with scenes lasting a beat longer than normal to maximize dread and sound design excavating a hole in your cortex and nestling there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Nothing gets the old heart pumping like the fear of home invasion, but you wouldn't know it by The Strangers, an utterly pointless portrait of domestic terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Grinding and suffocating
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bryan Bertino's psycho-thriller gets the job done for nearly two-thirds of its length. But when it shows its hand, it folds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 21, 2008
An extremely effective claustrophobic horror picture that starts slow but ultimately provides us with plenty of suspense all the way through to its very dark ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
October 18, 2008
An effectively grim, exceedingly well-made horror thriller.
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Nerve-jangling horror flick that wrings maximum scares out of its simple premise, thanks to strong direction and superb performances from Speedman and Tyler.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Medsker
October 18, 2008
You have to admit, it's a unique approach to a horror film, though not ultimately a fulfilling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
A retread of just about every home-invasion movie of the past 50 years mixed with elements of torture porn and chick-flick romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
When the film is this effective, it's hard to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
[A] cheapo, shaky-cam knockoff of a horror film from foreign shores.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
August 29, 2008
A good-looking, sophisticated, if somewhat pointless addition to the slasher-horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 29, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
August 29, 2008
Inevitably, the cat and mouse game goes on too long and the tension dies a slow death. A bit like Liv's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 29, 2008
Clearly influenced by slashers such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Last House On The Left, there's a decent sense of claustrophobia in the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 29, 2008
There's no denying that The Strangers fulfils its limited objective of showing nasty things happening to defenceless people. For some audiences that may be enough - but not for me or, I hope, for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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