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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
The Uninvited relies too heavily on cheesy dialogue, and jump scares to really be that frightening. It's predictable and unimaginative plot are silly, but the actors really do try their best with the material they are given. But alas, they can't save this mess. My friends and I saw the ending coming half-way through the film. This was an uninvited entry into the horror movie genre.
- fb701560354, Monday, September 24, 2012
What hurts more to watch: a bad movie, or a below-average adaptation of a great movie? The Uninvited is a cliched piece of PG-13 horror shit from start to finish, with the faintest glimmers of Tale of Two Sisters' strengths peppered in between it all. Perhaps the film's only inspired choice was the casting of Emily Browning, who seems to be making her Hollywood bread and butter by playing heroines of total absence. As a broken, withdrawn, vacant shell of a girl, she excels - I'm not sure how much Browning herself is actually contributing to her portrayal, or if we are simply seeing a very boring pretty girl imrpinted on celluloid, but she works out half-decently here. The ending is a mess, especially by the standards of its predecessor's far more intelligent and bitter conclusion, and it more or less wastes the rest of its strong cast. David Straithairn is a phantom; Elizabeth Banks, despite a thankless role and some unforgivably clumsy writing, actually pulls off a performance of some ambiguity here. Surprising work, but only within the frame of a thoroughly awful, unsurprising mess of a movie.
- ceWEBrity, Monday, August 29, 2011
Nothing happened. Then, after a time, nothing continued to happen. This movie is a really really slow build to a fairly novel twist ending. But I found myself sighing, tapping my foot and checking my watch while I was watching this movie, waiting for it to kick in. I really didn't give a toss about any of the characters in this movie, and I found the stupidity of the main character exasperating. Of course you're going to be dismissed as a crackpot when you say nonsensical things in a hysterical voice. Of course no one is going to know what you're talking about when you say something like "he's here". There were parts I found confusing as well; why were there ghosts coming out of the woodwork simply to scare Anna? Who was that dead, red-headed ten year old snarling whispered threats? None of these are answered by the end, by the way. This movie is like a collection of contemporary horror tropes badly stitched together.
- MidnightMadwoman, Sunday, April 10, 2011