Reviews

Jun 21, 2021
Andrew Bryniarski is the definitive Leatherface, as R. Lee Ermey is the definitive Texas country cannibal paterfamilias, in this underrated horror gem.
Nov 21, 2020
At least no one stumbles and falls during drawn-out foot chases.
Sep 26, 2020
Your run-of-the-mill horror film.
Nov 24, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
It's actually closer to the original Chainsaw than its immediate predecessor, but it still relies on more on physical torture than the psychological terror that made the original - or any genuinely scary movie - so effective.
Nov 22, 2010
This is the Texas chainsaw massacre, not the Texas chainsaw misunderstanding. Nothing castrates a bogeyman like cheap-Freud psychology, and Leatherface possesses no greater power than a hulking professional-wrestling heel. A low point in American horror.
Apr 29, 2009
Much less at the beginning, and much more a remake of the remake...
Nov 20, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
The original "Chain Saw Massacre" spoke, in unsettling terms, to middle America's growing contempt for the '60s counter-culture, but no deeper meaning can be ascribed to this mayhem. It's just a joyless technical exercise.
Jul 6, 2008
A rote latter-day slasher film with barely anything worth recommending.
May 22, 2008
...an ugly film, overwhelmed by transparent shock value, short-sighted storytelling and nihilistic undertones.
Jun 4, 2007
...unsightly, pointless, and thoroughly mean-spirited...
Apr 8, 2007
A garden-variety horror movie that provides no innovation on the old "kids stranded in the woods with a scary monster" plot.
Mar 24, 2007
Audiences will start playing the 'Who's Next' game as people run, scream and die, and the whole thing loses the power that this horrific creation once had over cinema.
Mar 15, 2007
The focus in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning isn't on the confrontation of demons, moral reckoning, or terror. It's an unimaginative exercise in suffering.
Feb 12, 2007
That "Zzzzzz" ringing through the theatre during The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning ain't just a chainsaw, it's snoring.
Jan 10, 2007
In the end, and despite Ermey's best efforts, it's just another splatter flick.
Dec 30, 2006
Nov 10, 2006
Even more than most horror films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, feels desperately unoriginal
Oct 30, 2006
It's neither as bad as it could have been, nor as interesting as it should have been, and the final desultory reaction is a decidedly minor one.