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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. 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
  2. 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

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.