The Strangers Reviews

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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.
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.
July 6, 2010
After such initial promise, it doesn't take long for The Strangers to become awfully familiar.
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
You have to admit, it's a unique approach to a horror film, though not ultimately a fulfilling one.
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.
October 18, 2008
[A] cheapo, shaky-cam knockoff of a horror film from foreign shores.
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.
September 1, 2008
Things go bang a lot.
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.
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.
August 29, 2008
There's no denying that The Strangers fulfils its limited objective of showing nasty things happening to defenceless people. For some audiences that may be enough - but not for me or, I hope, for you.
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.
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.
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.
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 7, 2008
After building a jangling sense of terror, Bertino doesn't take it anywhere.
July 18, 2008
At least it's short.
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