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
A good-looking, sophisticated, if somewhat pointless addition to the slasher-horror genre.
August 29, 2008
Messy, intermittently effective ordeal horror.
August 29, 2008
The usual stupidness ensues. "Stay here darling with the axe-wielding psychos while I go and get help," says Speedman. Ugh.
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.
March 31, 2019
Some good chills in this intense offering from first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino.
November 9, 2018
Sometimes evil happens without explanation. Rarely is it shown in such plain, quiet, horrifying fashion. Don't watch this alone.
March 9, 2018
Bertino's directorial smarts are on display from the first slow-cut montage of rural homes glimpsed from the window of a moving car. It's a passage suggesting free-floating, arbitrary menace.
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.
October 14, 2012
Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy.
August 15, 2011
Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably.
July 14, 2011
The simple 'cat and mouse' premise is given a low-key approach in Bryan Bertino's film, but this minimalist method is both the greatest strength and weakness of the project.
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.
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.
July 6, 2010
After such initial promise, it doesn't take long for The Strangers to become awfully familiar.
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