The Uninvited

Critics Consensus

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

31%

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Reviews Counted: 128

49%
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49%
Average Rating: 2.7/5

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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 (33)

  • 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
    Top Critic
  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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
    Top Critic
  • The Uninvited is decently shot and acted but has a silly ending that negates most of what has gone before.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a teenage horror film made with efficiency, as if that was enough. It's as mechanical as a train set and that's what good horror can't be.

    Mar 27, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | 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

Super Reviewer

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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