The Uninvited (2009)


Critic Consensus: 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 (28)

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…
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It's a slick, bloodless affair that's neither as suggestive as the classic general-audiences ghost stories of the past, nor as intense as a hard-R would allow it to be.

Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
AV Club
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The Uninvited is a mess of styles and stolen ideas, including a plot twist that would make M. Night Shyamalan roll his eyes and dialogue straight from a CW scene generator.

Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

In truth it's just a gimmicky thriller that doesn't play fair with the audience.

Jan 30, 2009

Cheap thrills and a gimmicky twist at the climax keep The Uninvited in the realm of the subpar horror movie.

Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Uninvited


A rare case of American remake that I find better than the original film, since the tension is carried out much more carefully here and with a more concise plot that wisely avoids the many twists in Kim Ji-Woon's story and presents a more compelling reason to leave us scared.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Wastes two very good performers, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn, in a murky silly wannabe thriller.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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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 Wieser
Raymond Wieser

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What hurts more to watch: a bad movie, or a below-average adaptation of a great movie? The Uninvited is a cliched piece of PG-13 horror shit from start to finish, with the faintest glimmers of Tale of Two Sisters' strengths peppered in between it all. Perhaps the film's only inspired choice was the casting of Emily Browning, who seems to be making her Hollywood bread and butter by playing heroines of total absence. As a broken, withdrawn, vacant shell of a girl, she excels - I'm not sure how much Browning herself is actually contributing to her portrayal, or if we are simply seeing a very boring pretty girl imrpinted on celluloid, but she works out half-decently here. The ending is a mess, especially by the standards of its predecessor's far more intelligent and bitter conclusion, and it more or less wastes the rest of its strong cast. David Straithairn is a phantom; Elizabeth Banks, despite a thankless role and some unforgivably clumsy writing, actually pulls off a performance of some ambiguity here. Surprising work, but only within the frame of a thoroughly awful, unsurprising mess of a movie.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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