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The Uninvited

drama, horror, thrillers

From the producers of The Ring and Disturbia comes a nail-biting thriller, THE UNINVITED.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

American remake of Korean horror film is violent but dull.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this moody supernatural horror movie is very gory and violent, with everything from mutilated corpses and lots of flowing blood to contorted human bodies speaking and moving. The story revolves around a widowed father whose daughters object to his relationship with the woman who nursed their dying mother; the film doesn't explore this at great length, but it provides a sexual subplot that runs through the film. The main character has been institutionalized after a breakdown; the movie also includes teen drinking, strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and references to sex.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the central plot point -- what challenges do families face after the death of a parent? How does this movie exaggerate some of those real-life issues? Do you think it's trying to send a particular message?
  • Why ar Asian horror films so popular asmaterial for Hollywood remakes. How does their typical style of violence differ from other kinds of horror movies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

2 stars

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

1 star

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