Metascore
9

Overwhelming dislike - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 24 out of 25
  1. Since the film is based on the Atari video game of the same name, it also has much to appeal to headbangers: fast pace, lots of gadgets, monsters, explosive special effects, plenty of inscrutable plot twists and turns.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    30
    Too lazy to play your own d--- video game? Lucky for you there's horror director-for-hire Uwe Boll, who's making a career out of adapting successful Atari and Sega games into tedious popcorn fare that's the ultimate in cinematic passivity.
  3. 30
    Director Uwe Boll (House of the Dead) pulls off a nicely staged fistfight in an open-air market at the start, but soon loses his way amid mind-glazing exposition and endless gunfire aimed at bulletproof giant lizards.
  4. 30
    A fairly faithful adaptation of what a game is like, but without the pleasure of getting to play or the much-needed option of pressing the "off" button.
  5. 30
    Here is the horror-action genre at its silliest and most uninspired.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    30
    Fans of the source material probably won't be switching platforms to catch this bizarre Lions Gate pickup, and non-fans definitely won't.
  7. That this bit of pustulence is based on a video game of the same name is no surprise. It explains the thin plot, characters and abundant gunplay.
  8. No better than whatever you might pick up while wearing a blindfold at Blockbuster, even if you happen to reach into a trash can.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    25
    Even Boll seems to lose interest as the story unravels. By that time, the supernatural cliches, plot inconsistencies, dead ends and red herrings have piled up so high you can barely see the screen.
  10. Slater narrates as if reading a restaurant menu. Reid seems to have learned each long sentence in segments, so she wouldn't be overtaxed.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill White
    25
    Director Uwe Boll ("House of the Dead") has made a cottage industry out of this kind of junk. Maybe it's time for him to close up shop.
  12. 12
    Think of the lamest horror movie you've ever seen. Now think of Tara Reid in the lamest horror movie you've ever seen. See how much worse it could have been?
  13. Alone in the Dark will be the worst movie of 2005. The idea that anything could be worse is the only genuine scare the movie has to offer.
  14. One of those rare instances of a movie being so bad ... it's still really bad.
  15. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    10
    Tedious, derivative exercise, stolen from a dozen or so horror/action films.
  16. Reviewed by: Benjamin Strong
    10
    An embarrassingly unscary monster mash, is desperate to frighten its laughing audience any way it can.
  17. This is definitely for people who 1) love the video game, 2) think Slater and Dorff are eminently watchable, no matter what bad flick they're in and 3) are wearing industrial-strength ear plugs.
  18. Reviewed by: Russell Scott Smith
    0
    Just Tara-ble.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    0
    So mind-blowingly horrible that it teeters on the edge of cinematic immortality.
  20. Just as the book is usually better than the film, one suspects the video game is probably more entertaining and coherent than the movie. In the case of Alone in the Dark, this is a certainty.
  21. 0
    It's just the most inept filmmaking you can catch in theatres right now, or probably all year long.
  22. Far be it from me to dismiss a man's effort (Uwe Boll) in a sentence, but the film on your teeth after a three-day drunk possesses more cinematic value.
  23. So inept on every level, you wonder why the distributor didn't release it straight to video, or better, toss it directly into the trash.
  24. 0
    Brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.
User Score
1.8

Overwhelming dislike- based on 204 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 110
  2. Negative: 97 out of 110
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    1
    Uwe Boll's infamous "Alone in the Dark" is a movie that will be known for centuries as 'one of the crappiest movies in cinema history'. From terrible performances and trash story (do you even call that a story?), it's a movie you will NEVER want to see again. Avoid at ALL COSTS!!!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    1
    Absolute garbage. NOTHING in this movie is any good! The only reason I give it a 1 is because Christian Slater in it, and I like him. A shame he wasted his time on this filth!

    Overall:
    I would say, if you see a copy of this anywhere, it is your duty as a film lover to destroy it. This is the anti-movie. It must be purged from the Earth!!!!!!
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  3. Feb 14, 2014
    0
    The most atrocious, lame, boring, dry, dull, repetitive, badly acted, terribly directed, overwhelmingly awful horror film that I have ever sat through. A film I forced myself to sit through after wanting to turn my head in disgust at this godawful mess of scenes slapped together to be called a movie. Full Review »