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The Uninvited

Mystery . Thriller . Horror . Drama

Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father. Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions.

Actors: Arielle Kebbel , Emily Browning , Dean Paul Gibson , Jesse Moss , Kevin McNulty , Maya Massar , Elizabeth Banks , David Strathairn , Heather Doerksen
Directors: Charles Guard , Thomas Guard
Release: 2009-01-30
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  • Roger Ebert

    Emily Browning's face helps The Uninvited work so well...She makes you fear for her, and that's half the battle. Yet she's so fresh she's ready for a Jane Austen role.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Won't make anyone forget "The Shining," but it's a nice throwback to the days when scary movies featured pretty good actors, a plot that holds together and a couple of creepy-looking ghost kids.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Uninvited is a flawed production, but gratifying in the way it delivers. The interesting and unique elements of the movie effectively compensate for the formulaic way in which the plot develops.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    A remake of the 2003 Korean horror film "A Tale of Two Sisters," The Uninvited is a Hand That Rocks the Cradle–type thriller that's been dressed up as a horror movie.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The actors are strong, however, and Banks in particular shows some skill and wiles in keeping her rascally stepmother stereotype lively.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    With visual nods to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" and a fairly faithful adherence to the tenor and tone of the Korean scare genre, The Uninvited doesn't startle and shock so much as it lulls you into a series of unsettling, hallucinogenic set pieces.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Don't be too quick to turn down The Uninvited. A stylish horror thriller in the vein of "The Ring," it's well-acted, frightening and handsomely produced

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Mayo

    Experienced horror fans will probably stay one step ahead of the game, but it's still a nice ride.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    The film is still cheesy rather than deliciously scary. It never really generates sustained suspense.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The first Hollywood horror flick I've seen that seems like it was made specifically for 12-year-olds.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The horror flick The Uninvited is not unclever - but it is unoriginal.

    New York Post Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The main problem with The Uninvited lies in its refusal to decide just what movie it wants to be a commercial for. It certainly doesn’t have much in common with "A Tale of Two Sisters," the creepy Korean horror film of which it is supposedly a remake.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The result is a middling Frankenstein-like hybrid of spectral mayhem and murder mystery, constructed entirely out of borrowed parts.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Yeah, this is pretty much your classic been-there, done-that scenario: evil stepmother, clueless father, imperiled teen.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Poor remake of the Korean thriller.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Once spoiled by the gossamer disquietude of Kim Jee-woon's original Tale, it's difficult to view this Americanized version in anything but the blandest light.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    As is generally the case with Hollywood movies that use Asian horror films as their inspiration, the Guard brothers seem to have glanced at the original, borrowed a few images and then made the movie according to some preconceived template of what makes audiences jump -- instead of burrowing into the stuff that haunts our dreams. Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Weak even by the standard of uninspired recent Asian-horror remakes, The Uninvited is more likely to induce snickers and yawns than shudders and yelps.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The plot borrows as freely from Hitchcock and Henry James as from the Bard of Avon, and doesn't make scrupulous sense, though I'd have to see the film again, which I won't do, to make sure it doesn't cheat.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Richard Chester

    The climax is the only thing for which the rest of this flick exists.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    Without dwelling on the limited abilities of novice British filmmakers Tom and Charles Guard (a.k.a. the Guard Brothers) -- who seem to have divvied up duties here by having one sibling focus exclusively on close-up shots of doorknobs and the other oversee everything else -- the movie's fatal flaw is the undeveloped relationship between the two sisters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeremy Wheeler

    It's best to line The Uninvited right up on the soon-to-be-forgotten shelves next to the now third-generation Asian remakes and wait for the next effective foreign genre fare for Hollywood to butcher and rehash.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    A brutally inane movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Horror standbys like mangled corpses and stone-faced children pop up regularly, but sibling directors Charles and Thomas Guard haven't quite nailed the genre's rhythms.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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