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Sinister

7/10
Mystery . Thriller . Horror
 

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

 
Actors: Fred Dalton Thompson , Blake Mizrahi , Victoria Leigh , Michael Hall D'Addario , Cameron Ocasio , Juliet Rylance , Clare Foley , Fred Thompson , James Ransone , Vincent D'Onofrio , Ethan Hawke
Directors: Scott Derrickson
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2012-10-12
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  • Scott Tobias

    It's all done in questionable taste, mucking around in the nasty terrain of snuff films and children in constant peril, but Sinister is smart and well-crafted, and it scarcely gives the audience a moment to breathe.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Rather than another drearily workaday horror picture, Sinister uses the supernatural to underline its examination of the all-too-human foibles of insecurity and myopic self-centeredness. As the best horror stories so often do, Sinister makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Hawke's taut performance - lightly parodying his own career doldrums while playing an egotistical hack who's a close cousin of John Cassavetes's self-loathing actor in Rosemary's Baby - is totally credible.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The scares are not just intense but unyielding in this compelling horror yarn from "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" director Scott Derrickson.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Even though the ending is inescapable (and therefore predictable), that does little to diminish its effectiveness.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    And then there is Vincent D'Onofrio, as a university professor of the occult and mythological, who opens up a line of possibility that eventually saves the ending from being a red herring. Yes, the ending is horrifying, but I don't believe in that stuff. I'm pretty sure I don't.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The movie makes up for uneven dialogue and pacing issues through sheer horrific imagery.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Occasionally stupid (stretching even fright-flick conventions) but scary nonetheless, the picture should please horror fans.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The clichés are still clichés. They've just been renovated.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Sinister has so much going for it - adult psychology, a great bitchfest of a marital meltdown - that you wince when it finally makes some rather dull choices involving the supernatural.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Derrickson bounces back from his insipid redo of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" with an effective chiller that's got a skeleton or two in its closet.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    An enjoyable, if boilerplate, boo-flick that maintains an enviable rate of scares per minute by throwing everything – demons, ghosts, snakes, loud noises – at the screen.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Here's the thing: Found footage is scary when - because - it leaves you to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. But actually watching whole families have terrible things done to them - well, hard-core horror fans may dig it, I guess. I'd call it forced voyeurism of the worst sort.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The film's sound design is also expertly wrought with a blend of nearly subliminal noises, bumps in the night, and other frights.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nick McCarthy

    Ellison's fascination with celluloid to solve a crime recalls Antonioni's "Blowup," but Scott Derrickson is unable to conjure an aura that isn't as transparent and weightless as a ghost.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Sinister is basically a collection of bogus snuff films linked by standard haunted house tricks - everything creaking and slamming, with the power conveniently shut off.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Pros and cons aside, Sinister has the benefit of arriving in the thick of Halloween season, right when movie-goers are most hungry for a few scares. And they'll get them from Derrickson's film, too.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A twitchy Mr. Hawke builds a persuasive portrait of desperation with little help from the script and despite playing a character who makes so many mistakes he might as well be on a suicide mission.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    Ridiculous, and never scary, and with the worst ghost makeup in the history of the horror genre, Sinister is enjoyable, even funny at times. Most amusing might be watching Hawke play a character willing to do anything to regain his fame.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable.

    Time Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Throughout Sinister, the rooms remain darker than crypts, whether at breakfast or dinnertime, and the sound design causes everything in the house to moan and groan in consort with the hero's worrisome quest. I still can't decide what creaks the most: the floors, the doors, the walls, the dialogue, the acting, or the fatal boughs outside.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The snuff-porn aesthetic might suggest a realist drama, but a supernatural dimension is brought into play, making the plot directionless. There isn't an ounce of ingenuity in the way the movie is concluded, but some generic expertise in the way it is put together.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The hero of Sinister is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Sinister did something I thought would be impossible: It made this lifelong horror freak abhor horror movies.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Sinister is pretty much everything to hate about modern horror in one mixed bag, a ramshackle teardown of jump-scares and creaky tricks, saw-it-coming "surprises" and the lead-footed thud of inevitability as it tediously places one clumsy foot in front of the other, plodding towards a finale that comes far too late.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Now this is a scary movie. And, given that it's a horror film, that means it's a good one. [18 Oct 2012]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
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