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The Strangers Reviews

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August 29, 2008
Lean, mean and razor-edged, this nasty little home-invasion thriller drags you by your white knuckles on a horror chill-ride while flicking its middle finger at Funny Games. Prepare to be scared something rotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2008
Delayed by over a year, but don't let that fool you: this may be lightweight, but it knows what goes bump in the night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2008
As a simple exercise in tension and dread, this is a gripping hour at the multiplex - it's just a pity that it goes on for a further 20 minutes.
August 29, 2008
Messy, intermittently effective ordeal horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2008
The usual stupidness ensues. "Stay here darling with the axe-wielding psychos while I go and get help," says Speedman. Ugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 29, 2008
A lean, effective little exercise in scares. It offers nothing new but is perfect for breaking the ice on a first date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
August 29, 2008
An effective, scary emotional work-out, but perhaps you can have too much paranoid despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2008
Bertino does not try to understand his strangers. His primary interest is what happens - the details of crime - as if the film were a dramatised tabloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 28, 2008
so well made, so moody and tense, that its emptiness can almost be overlooked - but if you want something a little more than a po-faced thrill ride, best look elsewhere
August 13, 2008
This film does not have the shock value of many other horror films, which was a pleasant surprise for my taste. It is scary in the sense that this could this really happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2008
The film's most potent claim to success is its lengthy and cleverly edited stretches of spookiness, which it tends to extend to almost breaking point, keeping us in heightened suspense.
August 7, 2008
The cumulative effect of unexpected knocks at the door, creaking floors, shadows, noises and strange happenings is a heart-pounding experience
August 7, 2008
After building a jangling sense of terror, Bertino doesn't take it anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 18, 2008
At least it's short.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
June 27, 2008
This is straight-up nightmare fuel, unredeemed by compelling characters or interesting motives.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 17, 2008
The Strangers bears more than a passing resemblance to Them, the French horror film about a couple in a secluded house who are stalked by mysterious, almost supernatural tormenters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 17, 2008
Offers no more enlightenment or catharsis than a drugged insect could expect in the moment before it is skewered by a lepidopterist's pin.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
June 12, 2008
... The work of a born filmmaker who shows a remarkable command of tone and pace. It is a new classic in its genre ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2008
How bad is a stalker/killer flick when it's just as lame whether the victims live or die? All suspense and no payoff doesn't look clever, just lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/4.0
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