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The Visit

6/10
Thriller . Horror
 

The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

 
Actors: Jon Douglas Rainey , John Buscemi , Dave Jia , Erica Lynne Marszalek , Peter McRobbie , Deanna Dunagan , Benjamin Kanes , Kathryn Hahn , Ed Oxenbould , Olivia DeJonge
Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
Country: USA
Release: 2015-09-11
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  • Randy Cordova

    A scary fun-house ride that expertly blends jittery tension and laugh-out-loud humor.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan's witty, crowd-jolting spook-house of an eleventh feature, is its writer-director's best movie since the tail-end of the last Clinton era. And it's the best studio horror flick in recent years, combining the but-what's-in-those-shadows? immersion of The Conjuring, James Wan's basement-wandering simulator, with the crack scripting and meta-cinematic surprises of Shyamalan's best early films.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    A film so purely entertaining that you almost forget how scary it is. With all its terror, The Visit is an extremely funny film.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    It may not be a complete return to form for the once-revered auteur, but as an unexpectedly chilling horror concoction defined by skillful scares, it’s a significant step in the right direction.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    It’s vintage Shyamalan, with a twist.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    It’s a genuinely fun affair – let’s not write it off as a cult classic just yet – with the smirking air of a confidant and mischievous filmmaker.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    This is the first Shyamalan movie in a long time that viewers may be tempted to re-visit just to see how he pulls off his magic trick.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Like the film itself, it’s simple but well-executed enough.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    A refreshing (and memorably strange) genre piece, premised almost entirely on a child’s willingness to accept grown-up weirdness as long as it ensures stability.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    M. Night Shyamalan has come up with an unoriginal faux-doc horror picture that actually works like a demonic charm.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Refreshingly, this isn’t so much a found-footage movie – although it was backed by "Paranormal Activity" overseers Blumhouse Productions – as it is a completed faux documentary, complete with onscreen titles and a cripplingly hilarious end-credits sequence featuring Tyler being Tyler.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    The low-budget thriller deftly mixes horror-movie moments, pure strangeness and comedy like a family-friendly David Lynch effort as it takes audiences on one really oddball trip to grandma's house.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The cast of mostly unfamiliar actors also serves The Visit well. Shyamalan has a gift for eliciting strong performances, even when his material is lacking.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    No spoilers, except to say that cheap thrills can still be a blast. Not enough to make up for Shyamalan's awful "After Earth," but it's a start.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    When the trademark Shyamalan twist finally arrives, it doesn't synthesize anything other than the director's devotion to his signature gimmick.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Hall

    It’s the fun kind of crazy. And The Visit is undeniably, admirably intense when it needs to be.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Unlike in some of his other recent films, Shyamalan never overreaches this time. Instead, he keeps things simple and focuses on the story at hand.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms. "The Sixth Sense" writer/director is his own worst enemy in the choices he makes bringing The Visit to the screen.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Shyamalan doesn’t reach “The Sixth Sense” or “Unbreakable” heights, but his scriptwriting is livelier than we’ve seen in years, and there’s a sense of humor that was missing in even his best work. At times, he seems to be poking good-natured fun at his own reputation.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    If this was someone's first film, I'd be okay with the small signs of life that make this merely an annoying film instead of a completely dreadful one, but for this to be the latest work by a guy who made his first impression on the general public by sticking to his guns and refusing to compromise his voice… unthinkable.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A faintly-creepy, lightly amusing horror comedy that promises a surprise twist and a hint of heart.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Charles Gant

    A marketable slice of hit-and-miss mischief that doesn’t suggest a career rebirth so much as a larky side project that will yield more in the way of nervous laughter than quickened pulses.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The Visit is not a head-scratcher, like so many of Shyamalan's movies. It's more of a shoulder-shrug. That's it? That's all you've got?

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    A bizarre, conflicted mess, horrifying when it’s trying to be funny, oddly appealing when it turns the screws.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Shyamalan has had some difficulties as a director of late, and it’s understandable to hope that by placing him back in the realm of lower budgets and more manageable expectations he could impress us yet again; that turns out not to be the case this time.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Shyamalan has long been criticized for serving up borderline (or downright) silly premises with a straight face and overtly pretentious atmosphere, but he basically abandons that approach here in favor of a looser, more playful dynamic between his fresh-faced leads.

    Variety Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    It’s a dopey, only mildly chilling, uneasy mix of horror and dark comedy, scoring few points in either category.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Shyamalan's script puts down reality shows, but this shocker works on the level of a game show, compelling audiences to yell out advice for Becca and Tyler as they steer through one trouble spot after another. This writer-director depends on hoary provocations.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    M. Night Shyamalan’s latest is well cast and strong on setting. But the dull thudding that resounds isn’t part of its effective aural design; it’s the ungainly landing of nearly every shock and joke.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    What ultimately sinks The Visit is that Shyamalan, who had previously come up with new and ingenious ways to frighten us, resorts to familiar jump-scare tactics in which things suddenly pop into the frame, accompanied by loud sound effects. There’s no real sense of danger, no menace.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    This tardy rehash of fairytale tropes finds sometime genre innovator M Night Shyamalan clinging in abject desperation to the found-footage movement’s careworn coattails.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    While Shyamalan competently scares us from time to time and makes us laugh uncomfortably at the odd actions – aren’t we snickering at mental illness? – he has nowhere interesting to take this simple tale.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
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