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The Strangers Reviews

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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
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
August 15, 2011
Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably.
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
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
August 26, 2009
Grinding and suffocating
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
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
October 18, 2008
An effectively grim, exceedingly well-made horror thriller.
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
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
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
October 18, 2008
When the film is this effective, it's hard to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
[A] cheapo, shaky-cam knockoff of a horror film from foreign shores.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 29, 2008
A good-looking, sophisticated, if somewhat pointless addition to the slasher-horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2008
A good scary movie retells a creaky story in a manner that terrifies you afresh. All this has is Tyler trembling like a wet-lipped goldfish in a performance you could peg out to drip dry. Run away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
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