Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 15 out of 17
  1. 50
    This film is an evocative, effective entry into the holiday blood-spray subgenre in its own right. And if it doesn't make your skin crawl ... you probably ate too much Christmas dinner.
  2. 50
    The flashbacks are wittily gothic, and the present-day murder scenes have the absurdist, chain-reaction intricacy of the "Final Destination" deaths.
  3. Where the first film was a seminal forerunner of early stalker classics like "Halloween," this version feels as stale as old gingerbread.
  4. 38
    Morgan borrows Christmas-specific nastiness from a wide range of fright flicks, but the result is less than the sum of its parts.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
  6. There are a couple clever touches here and there, including one sequence in which the end of a candy cane has been carefully licked into a highly lethal weapon, but for the most part the accompanying histrionics feel more regressive than retro.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    30
    Like an ugly tie or a pair of slipper socks, Black Christmas is destined to be forgotten the instant it's unwrapped, gathering dust until the season rolls around again.
  8. 30
    It exchanges the police subplot that gave the earlier film its steady pace for a lot of pointless backstory about the mother-fixated stalker.
  9. Props to the Weinstein Brothers for having the guts to release a slasher film on Christmas Day. Too bad this one is the cinematic equivalent of tryptophan.
  10. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    25
    Lazy, perfunctory and free of tension, the new version will satisfy neither the admirers of the original nor anyone looking for a gory respite from seasonal good cheer.
  11. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirshling
    25
    Twice as many accidental laughs as scares.
  12. 25
    Seems to go out of its way to obliterate all the elements that made the original so special.
  13. Reviewed by: Kat Brown
    20
    Bad film fans will think Christmas has come early, everyone else should ask for the receipt.
  14. With a peephole-riddled set and a flashback-heavy screenplay, Black Christmas smothers terror beneath a blanket of unnecessary information, revealing too much and teasing too little.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    10
    It's debatable whether the original 1974 "Black Christmas" is, as its most rabid fans claim, the mother of all slasher movies. But there can be no argument regarding the scant merits of its slapdash, soporifically routine remake, suitable only for the least discriminating of gore hounds.
  16. The remake neither pays perceptive tribute to the original nor updates it in anything but hackneyed form.
  17. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    0
    The product itself isn't so much afterthought as afterbirth -- a bloody mess to be dumped discreetly.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. Apr 15, 2011
    10
    When this movie ended i felt that it missed something on its way, but nonetherless the girls acting were good especially Mary Elizabeth Winsted, Cristal Lowe and Michelle Trachtenberg Full Review »
  2. LoganH.
    Sep 26, 2007
    10
    I loved the sense of violent tension.
  3. WesleyE.
    May 7, 2007
    7
    A surprisingly large amount of fun packaged into what could be viewed as a very mediocre set of decorations on a rotten Christmas ham. One of the better horror remakes of recent times, made all the better by it's lack of morality. Certainly better than the recent The Hills Have Eyes II. Full Review »