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The Strangers Reviews

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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
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Grinding and suffocating
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
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
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
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
Matt Mueller
Total Film
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
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 29, 2008
An effective, scary emotional work-out, but perhaps you can have too much paranoid despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
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
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 7, 2008
The cumulative effect of unexpected knocks at the door, creaking floors, shadows, noises and strange happenings is a heart-pounding experience
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