Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 11 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    38
    While stylishly filmed and edited, Boogeyman is filled with every imaginable fright cliche... It's like a meal consisting entirely of airy hors d'oeuvres.
  2. A film willing to cheat whatever way necessary to scare you... The good news is that once you leave the theatre, you'll never think of Boogeyman again.
  3. This is strictly substandard stuff, with imitative creepy noises, vertiginous camera angles, and long pauses.
  4. 30
    Mostly Boogeyman remains content to be a film about a boogeyman who hides in closets and under beds and gobbles people up. And for that, it deserves a certain amount of respect. On the other hand, the film could hardly be any sillier.
  5. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    30
    The filmmakers are smart enough to keep the monster out of sight for a long time and then to show only glimpses, but a similar tactic of providing only glimpses of plot and character is disastrous.
  6. 25
    The MPAA's rating explanation for this PG-13-rated snoozer misleadingly claims it contains "intense sequences of terror/violence"; it would be more accurate to state that Boogeyman contains "virtually every horror-movie cliché of the past 30 years."
  7. 20
    If you can't spell "bogeyman," you shouldn't make movies about him.
  8. 20
    Even the should-have-been-triumphant revelation of the Boogeyman arrives as a CGI letdown of epic proportions.
  9. Reviewed by: Joshua Land
    20
    It's difficult to remember a recent movie with less regard for spatial or temporal coherence. With the bar set so low, one wouldn't think the ending could possibly come as a letdown. Believe me, it does.
  10. 12
    A horror film whose only scare is that it was made at all... As with so many stupid horror movies in these post-''Scream" times, this one is at such a creative loss that all it can do is make its audience feel duped for having purchased a ticket.
  11. Reviewed by: Kevin Allison
    0
    It’s a waste.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 17 out of 29
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    7
    a good story from the creator of Evil Dead Sam Raimi and director Stephen Kay. a well cast and a complete spoke the boggeyman this a film where you jump out of your chair and scream or yell like a clown ( like i did). Grade ????? Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    3
    The only way to really describe Boogeyman is unmemorable. You've seen every horror movie trick and trope it uses a hundred times before making for one of the least scary horror movies you'll ever see. Not even the awesome Lucy Lawless can save this one and by the time the movie ends you'll be hard pushed to recall anything you've just watched. Full Review »
  3. R.Lopez
    Oct 8, 2009
    6
    This movie is something of an underrated film in the horror genre, it was actually much, much, much better than I thought. You see I don't usually watch PG-13 horror due to the fact that it is usually is bland , cheesy, contrived, over rated and over hyped. This film was none of those, Boogeyman, or as I like to call it The Boogeyman is a very suspenseful, dark and foreboding Psychological horror thriller. This film was very good for five of reasons. 1) It didn't use an abundant of CGI or gore to tell it' story. 2) it thought out it's story and characters reasonable well. 3). 4) it use old school techniques(which I love more than the new way of horror story telling .) and it uses it so well to bring out the very dark and scary nature of the legend of the monstrous Boogeyman. 5) It pulls no punches when it comes to telling horror, it get's in your head and just won't leave even after the film is over. Boogeyman wasn't Halloween(1978) or Dracula(1931) scary, but it was scary none the less. It's style and means of scaring you were conventional and old school and that was something that shocked me. You don't see that in a modern horror film. And that makes this film a stand out among them; I mean I've seen Rob Zombie's Halloween( I call it suckloween), I've seen Turistas( I call it dumbristas) but this is the first film since Secret Window that I'm proud to call a good horror movie. Barry Watson( You may know him as Jessica Beil's boyfriend on 7th Heaven.) plays a distraught and disturbed young man who has to come to terms with the childhood fear that has afflicted him all his life.He plays this part relatively well and does good in what he is suppose to do. Emily Deschanel was alright, she wasn't horrible but she wasn't good either. She kind of lags in the the emotional depth department and made her kind of a drag to watch. But besides that they both hold up nicely in this. Boogeyman is not an oscar worthy film but what it is is a great scare machine that doesn't quit from the opening scene until the closing, and it delivers an effected psychological look into the paranoiac fear that most people have of The Bogeyman and the dark. All in all Boogeyman wasn't a bad film and if your kind you will see it as well. It isn't a gore machine like you would expect, or like but it is a very effective movie in it's own right. Boogeyman gives you one wild and nightmarish ride for your money and I can promise you. You won't be disappointed with the outcome. All in all Boogeyman is one door you do want to open. Full Review »