The Visit Reviews

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November 10, 2015
The Visit is a pleasant surprise.
September 24, 2015
It triumphantly reinvents the genre, in a way that allows Shyamalan to combine suspense with witty running commentary on the art of filmmaking itself.
September 21, 2015
For all its intelligence and craft, M. Night Shyamalan's foray into the genre of found-footage horror has the feeling of homework done well.
September 11, 2015
It is with some surprise-and perhaps even a hint of disappointment-that I must report that The Visit is merely mediocre and not the breathtaking calamity that we've come to anticipate from its author.
September 11, 2015
Breaking news: M Night Shyamalan has made a film that's not rubbish.
September 11, 2015
M. Night Shyamalan's latest film may well have been his last chance at redemption. Fortunately, he rises to the challenge and makes The Visit good, scary fun.
September 11, 2015
It was fun watching this with a gasping and screaming audience. For horror-goers, the comparative competence must hit the spot. But there's nothing new here -- and what I sensed for 94 minutes was compromise.
September 11, 2015
An unoriginal faux-doc horror picture that actually works like a demonic charm.
September 11, 2015
While the production values are simple, the script is sneakily complex. Like the best horror merchants, Shyamalan exploits our secret fears - in this case, of old age, ill health and dementia.
September 11, 2015
A film so purely entertaining that you almost forget how scary it is. With all its terror, "The Visit" is an extremely funny film.
September 11, 2015
I hear Hollywood whispers. I feel something is amiss. I see dead directorial reputations. And I smell a comeback.
September 11, 2015
There's undeniable fun in watching a couple of veteran actors get strange with two newcomers. "The Visit" may be worth one.
September 10, 2015
The director M. Night Shyamalan has a fine eye and a nice, natural way with actors, and he has a talent for gently rap-rap-rapping on your nerves.
September 10, 2015
[Shyamalan] embraces the shaky-cam joys of found footage like a brand new toy. It's just, like, so last year.
September 10, 2015
Isn't the whole handheld "real-video" thing kind of old by now? Isn't the Shyamalanian-twist thing kind of old by now, too?
September 10, 2015
It's creepy, sure, but not very enjoyable, basement or no.
September 10, 2015
Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms.
September 10, 2015
The honorable tradition of American moviemakers wringing laughs and gasps from bucolic lunatics dates back to "Murder, He Says" (1945). Unfortunately, "The Visit" isn't part of it.
September 10, 2015
A messed-up fairy tale that often nails the sweet spot between scaring us and letting us laugh at how scared we are. It's crowd-pleasing horror, the kind that can push moviegoers to the edge of their seats and send them to the water cooler the next day.
September 10, 2015
A relentlessly tense journey into the bizarre, with jolts that linger and some nicely played melancholy. What's more, the movie is often surprisingly, wickedly funny ...
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