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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2008
The movie deserves more stars for its bottom-line craft, but all the craft in the world can't redeem its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pete Hammond
May 30, 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...has nothing new to offer in the genre.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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
May 28, 2008
The Strangers is one of those inane fright fests that relies upon the victimizers being omniscient and omnipresent while the victims are complete morons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
May 28, 2008
...looks like a student film made at a friend's house where the only direction given to the cast was to scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
May 29, 2008
Ultimately, it's an invitation best refused. 'The Strangers' offers a few memorable scares, but it is less chilling in its simplicity than numbing in its banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 18, 2008
At least it's short.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 30, 2008
I like watching snakes eat mice just as much as the next fella, maybe even more, but The Strangers turns the gobble-'em-up into an ordeal. It's a fraud from start to finish.
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Bob Mondello
June 2, 2008
A sadistic, unmotivated home-invasion flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 4, 2008
Though most of the movie was efficient, it felt empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 29, 2008
Yes, OK, bad things happen to good people. Consider the message received... about seven movies ago.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Bill Gibron
May 30, 2008
The Strangers is a deadly dull experience in boredom, strangled by two cinematic stumbling blocks -- one external and one of its own unfortunate making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
May 28, 2008
The real problem is that there's absolutely nothing original here and it's obvious they tried to take what works and recycle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
May 29, 2008
The Strangers is full of cheap scares and unoriginality but does contain an ending that is worthy of a stomach ache beyond belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
May 31, 2008
Strangers is 80 minutes of screen stillness; a suspense picture powered by directorial incompetence and behavioral idiocy...a pile of tasteless genre garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Prairie Miller
June 1, 2008
There's less suspense around what these lunatics with sharp implements are doing in this home, than what Tyler and Speedman are doing in this movie. As for whoever is left standing at the end, they may have taken the final pages of the script with them.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 30, 2008
...useless even as a bad example.
| Original Score: 1/5
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