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  • Summary: From the writers and director of "Saw," comes this ghost story set in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. (Universal Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. 63
    The dialogue isn't ridiculous, and sometimes it's witty: A cynical cop (Donnie Wahlberg) doesn't buy Jamie's theory that the doll had something to do with the murder: "The mystery toy department is down the hall. This is the homicide department."
  2. 50
    This new movie is a more credible, less grisly act of filmmaking , but it's a less compelling exercise. It doesn't have the ruthless moral reasoning of the first two "Saw" pictures, however grotesque and specious that reasoning was. But it does have a plot that revolves around a ventriloquist and her demon doll.
  3. Boasts nothing new under the sun, but it does provide a few decent scares.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    38
    There are no two ways about it: A chubby-cheeked dummy doing stuff it shouldn't be doing is spooky stuff. But Wan isn't on such sure footing with his actors -- Wahlberg is stilted as the tough-guy cop, and Kwanten is blandly uninteresting.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    Too slack to do much harrowing and falls back on some very raggedy commonplaces at the points when it should be delivering knockout scares.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    0
    A conflation of the horror genre's laziest tropes, plot angles and shorthands, this inept creation isn't so much a film as it is a smorgasbord.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. CalvinH.
    Apr 20, 2007
    10
    I don't give a crap what the critics say, I thought the movie had its scary moments and as always in any of James Wan's movies I don't give a crap what the critics say, I thought the movie had its scary moments and as always in any of James Wan's movies there is a great twist. Expand
  2. Donna
    Jan 18, 2008
    9
    The acting had me in stitches. As did the dolls. It's kind of a Chucky meets Nightmare on Elm St. But I liked it! It even made me jump The acting had me in stitches. As did the dolls. It's kind of a Chucky meets Nightmare on Elm St. But I liked it! It even made me jump once, which movies never do. The ending was... imaginative... think that's the nicest way of putting it! It was a big twist, but one of those silly ones that tries to make you go "ooooh!", unfortunately it didn't quite work that way.. Rather than being shocked by the ending, I was amused to see how far the writers had stretched it. Nonetheless, I thought it was a great film and will be watching it again! Although I'm yet to figure out why I enjoyed it so much.. Expand
  3. Sam
    Mar 18, 2007
    8
    Relied more on atmosphere than plot, which ended up raising the movie above all the other horror fodder that's out there now.... despite Relied more on atmosphere than plot, which ended up raising the movie above all the other horror fodder that's out there now.... despite the lame twist at the end. Expand
  4. Ryencoke
    Mar 19, 2007
    6
    The movie wasn't anything beyond amazing, nor good. It couldn't do anything but remind me of 'Bogeyman'. That's all The movie wasn't anything beyond amazing, nor good. It couldn't do anything but remind me of 'Bogeyman'. That's all this film reminded me of. Couldn't tell you why, but it did. The movie has no major scares. Of course, a twist. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2014
    6
    James Wan sets up a few good scares to go along with the uneasy atmosphere here. I don't know what it is but he apparently likes using dead,James Wan sets up a few good scares to go along with the uneasy atmosphere here. I don't know what it is but he apparently likes using dead, creepy old ladies in his horror movies. To go along with the scary looking old lady there are plenty of unsettling ventriloquist dummies around. Both bring quite a few good scares thanks to how unpleasant they all look.

    The story itself isn't too bad. I just wish it was a little more fleshed out. The characters in the small town are quite interesting, each of them with their own unique quirks. It's a shame we get to watch them make so many dumb decisions. Overall I just wanted more from both aspects. Honestly had this have been a TV show where we could have spent more time in it's unique setting and learned more about it's characters I would have loved that. As it stands the whole thing feels like there could have been more going on. I just wish there was more to the mystery at hand.

    If you're looking for some good scares then yeah you should check this out. It fails to deliver fully on it's unique story and characters, but still provides some decent frights. It might not stick with you long, but James Wan once again makes one of the better horror flicks I've watched. So if you're looking for some decent scares then pick this one up. There are plenty of creepy ventriloquist dummies and one terrifying old lady who are ready to deliver. My total score for it is a 6.5/10.
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  6. Oct 26, 2010
    1
    I was the type of horror movie done over and over. Where the viewer should be surprised, there is often disappointment. The main character wasI was the type of horror movie done over and over. Where the viewer should be surprised, there is often disappointment. The main character was dull, and the plot line even more so. The ending was supposed to shock, but I just looked down and thought, "I wasted a thing of Popcorn on this?" Expand
  7. Ellie
    Mar 15, 2007
    0
    A simply stupid film. Repetitive, boring, and not even amusing in its stupidity. Very bad.

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