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American remake of Korean horror film is violent but dull.
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Rotten: It rummages around in familiar domestic genres looking for a reason to exist.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, January 30, 2009
Rotten: Unremarkable, unimaginative and unnecessary. Check out the superior original instead.
- Ali Catterall, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: The Uninvited may strike even viewers who don't know the original as disarmingly familiar.
- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out New York, Wednesday, February 4, 2009
A rare case of an American remake that is superior in quality to the original one. Here the tension is carefully carried out in a much more concise plot that wisely avoids the numerous twists of Kim Ji-Woon's story and presents a more compelling reason to get scared.
- blacksheepboy, Monday, August 30, 2010
While many people are just so put off by this film for many reasons, I was very surprised by how it actually turned out. Although the original, "A Tale of Two Sisters", was an epic movie that delivered certain moods and feelings that this movie (and most other films to date) couldn't quite capture, this film was still just great. One thing to understand was that this movie was completely westernized. Remakes such as "The Grudge" take place in Japan, but the main characters are replaced with an American or European cast, and sometimes the story just doesn't quite fit the way it should with that type of a cast. In this film, the "A Tale of Two Sisters" story is completely translated into an American setting, in the north in a small town. The characters are tweaked a little to accommodate the new setting, and so are some of the scenes and plot lines. This is where many fans of the original get upset and get their panties in a bunch. If this film was truly remade true to the original, it would just be the original film itself being remade 5 years later with the same cast and same script. This film is honestly one of the best Asian-horror remakes that has been made in the past 3 or 4 years if not ever. The cast gives solid performances and there were little or no plot holes. There were actually less plot holes in this film than the original. Of course I liked the original more, but I'm just saying this film executed certain things that the first film didn't, just like the first film executed certain things this film didn't. They are meant to be similar but different, and that is what makes both of them worth seeing.
- YodaMasterJedi, Thursday, April 8, 2010