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Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 45
  2. Negative: 23 out of 45

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  1. Sep 26, 2012
    unusually creepy, this film gives some high-profile J-horror remakes a run for their money, it is scary, the cast is rather fitting, and it has a relatively solid plot.
  2. Aug 22, 2011
    It was good to spend time and take a few scares, but the ending is too predictable... It seems they wanted to give a rational explanation of the events but were kind of on the fence, almost as if they hadn't explained right (not in order to leave doubt in the air, but in the explanation poorly performed). Perhaps it would have been better if they had chosen to leave between the haunt be really a curse, or let the phenomena being the reflection of the trauma of the girl explained naturally. The mixture of these two options, in my opinion, left the rather weak script. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2011
    With a story line that promises thrills and an interesting opening sequence, An American Haunting falls flat on its face. Not only does it become illogical almost immediately, but the camera movements are intolerable, the acting is lackluster at best, the number of historical and factual inaccuracies become too numerous too count, and the final ending is not only one of the worst endings to a horror film, but is almost impossible to decipher. By the time this film ends, either boredom or anger will assuredly begin. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    Not a typical horror flick, An American Haunting gives a creepy interesting look at hauntings in the 19th century. Despite being heavily cut short, Sutherland and Spacek both give more than adequate performances.
  5. Sep 26, 2012
    there is immense creepy fun to be had with this haunted house flick, it is incredibly enjoyable
  6. Oct 12, 2012
    i sat down expecting another direct-to-dvd sh*tfest, instead, i was totally and absolutely blindsided, this is a solid effort that is far better than everyone else says it is - samarathenymph xoxo
  7. Sep 26, 2012
    well-acted, scary, and it looks lovely.
  8. Sep 26, 2012
    cool and incredibly scary.
  9. Sep 26, 2012
    creepy as hell, i enjoyed this so much, it puts supposed 'horror' films like the grudge, the others, and insidious to shame, this does what all of them don't.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    Yet another light weight PG-13 film that poses rather well as an honest to goodness horror film.
  2. Solomon crafts a quality horror piece from strong performances and effects. The chief disappointment of An American Haunting is that it doesn't exploit more opportunities for the sublime subtlety of performances by Sissy Spacek and, especially, Donald Sutherland.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    A well-made, good-looking movie it is, but between the non-stop tumult and the sense of deliberateness about its period authenticity, An American Haunting produces a lot of screaming, crying and cruelty, but not much drama.