Box art for The Strangers

The Strangers

horror, thrillers


A terrifying suspense thriller starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple who live in a remote suburban house who are targeted by three dangerous masked strangers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    47%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Spooky horror film has both tension and gore.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that plenty of blood is spilled in this grisly, tense, very scary horror movie. Characters are stabbed, beaten, and shot, often very graphically. That said, unlike many others in the horror genre, the film doesn't sexualize its terror, and the characters in peril aren't just sacrificial lambs -- the filmmakers make you care about them. Some teens who aren't necessarily gung-ho horror fans may be drawn in by stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman -- but even though the film is well-made and, by the standards of the genre, "tasteful," there's still plenty of shocking violence and high-strung tension (not to mention some swearing, drinking, and smoking), making it better suited for older viewers with strong nerves.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes a "good" horror film and what makes a "bad" one? Why do we seek out the artificially induced sense of apprehension and stress that horror films offer us? Why is it so much fun to be scared at the movies? Also, many horror films depict random grisly crimes -- do you think these movies reflect the reality of violent crime, or do they create (and possibly perpetuate) myths and misperceptions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    45%
    reviews counted: 27
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  • Audience

    47%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: At least it's short.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 18, 2008

Rotten: A sadistic, unmotivated home-invasion flick.

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Monday, June 2, 2008

Fresh: An effectively grim, exceedingly well-made horror thriller.

- Brent Simon, Screen International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Pretty creepy movie but watch the movie Them (ills) for a better version. I like it but just really could have been better.

- jmanard52, Sunday, January 11, 2009

3 stars

Pretty creepy movie but watch the movie Them (ills) for a better version. I like it but just really could have been better.

- jmanard52, Sunday, January 11, 2009

1 star

A bunch of stupid people running around acting like idiots.

- movieguru12, Friday, October 8, 2010