The Uninvited

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The Uninvited is moody and reasonably involving, but suffers from predictable plot twists.

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Based on Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 Korean horror film, "Changhwa Hongryon," "The Uninvited" revolves around Anna, who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse, Rachel. That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.

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Critic Reviews for The Uninvited

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (88)

  • An effective blend of thriller and horror.

    May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As in the original, the film slyly manipulates the audience's perspective, and a brilliantly filmed climactic 'reveal' marks this British duo as a pair to watch.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • The Uninvited is a little too mild-mannered to please any but the most vanilla of horror fans.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • They are all just guests at a camp masked ball - poised to unveil themselves in a denouement that somehow manages to be more outlandish - and more comic - than all the bumps and rattles that went before.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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  • Like its own Asian source, this movie has a big and elaborately planted twist up its sleeve, but this time around it leaves us feeling tricked and underwhelmed -- horror primly behaving itself as a peekaboo exercise in misdirection.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Its most intriguing quality is that its final five minutes are so much more interesting than anything that goes before.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 25, 2015
    Surprisingly good. I wasn't too thrilled with this at first but it quickly picked up. I loved the ending.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2014
    Though it's a bit formulaic at first, The Uninvited turns into an impressive psychological thriller. After being released from a psychiatric ward, Anna returns home and has a vision of her mother's spirit that causes her to suspect that her father's new girlfriend was behind her mother's death. Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, and David Strathairn lead the cast and give strong performances; particularly Browning and Kebbel, who are especially good together, having a real sisterly chemistry. And while the story seems to follow a predictable path, it leaves itself open to some interesting misleads and plot twists. The Uninvited takes a fairly rote murder mystery and turns it into something better than it otherwise ought to be.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2014
    Though I have already been aware of the film's ending since long before, I found myself still enjoying the movie experience. Also, I noticed that Emily Browning closely resembles Dianna Agron, and they are both very pretty.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2012
    The Uninvited relies too heavily on cheesy dialogue, and jump scares to really be that frightening. It's predictable and unimaginative plot are silly, but the actors really do try their best with the material they are given. But alas, they can't save this mess. My friends and I saw the ending coming half-way through the film. This was an uninvited entry into the horror movie genre.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer

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