Unfriended: Dark Web Reviews

August 10, 2018
The novelty of the "desktop aesthetic" is wearing decidedly thin. Better writing. Better acting. Better direction. Please.
August 10, 2018
The truth is more interesting - and terrifying - than this fiction.
August 7, 2018
Despite characters whose individual plights would be just as boring to describe as they are to watch, Dark Web is just weird and ingenious enough to recommend.
July 30, 2018
It adds up to little, despite a fine Hitchcockian twist of a single transgression leading inevitably to doom.
July 24, 2018
Dark Web skates by on saturated nastiness, one terrific kill, and the audience's engagement in seeing if the filmmakers can pull off the stunt. Barely, but it's fun to watch them try.
July 21, 2018
No fun because it's just too real... a clever concept of cinematic design and storytelling, it proves to only be a deeply chilling cautionary tale.
July 20, 2018
Susco understands that the purpose of any horror film is to deliver shocks and suspense and he succeeds in that regard.
July 20, 2018
Nasty in its narrative and nifty in its aesthetic, Stephen Susco's new film is a solid argument against doing anything remotely illicit online.
July 20, 2018
Susco makes even the dulcet tones of a Skype alert sound menacing. Beyond that, it has no message to offer other than don't mess with the dark web.
July 20, 2018
Whereas the first film was a surprisingly effective formal exercise, Dark Web marries that form to an extremely real feeling of hopelessness that characterizes a not-small amount of our time spent online.
July 20, 2018
Each new plot development is so slapdash and uninspired that it's impossible to suspend one's disbelief.
Top Critic
July 19, 2018
How can you not get a chill of wicked pleasure from a movie that builds dread from the Facebook message notifications that drop down from the upper righthand corner of the screen?
July 19, 2018
An initially clever exercise winds up feeling like the wrong kind of hackwork.
July 19, 2018
What's striking in this movie, apart from an ostentatiously glitchy screen distortion that occurs whenever a denizen of the "dark web" appears on one of the screens within screens, is how credibly its extreme trolling plays.
July 19, 2018
It's hardly a script with a great deal of depth but as first-time director Stephen Susco ups the ante, and the violence, we're just that little bit more invested.
July 18, 2018
Where the first film tapped into the Internet's unavoidable underbelly -- cyberbullies, trolls, obsessive FOMO -- the second never settles on a persuasive POV.
July 18, 2018
Unplug this franchise before the virus spreads.
July 16, 2018
Once the hackers infiltrate everyone's computer and a sense of dread hangs over the unwitting young folks, "Dark Web" develops an effective rhythm.
March 12, 2018
It looks less like innovation than laziness, but at least Unfriended: Dark Web has a potent theme: The internet always has the upper hand, and it's not interested in happy endings.