Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    Although it won’t win any points for originality, it is a fast-moving little chiller filled with creepy atmosphere and convincing performances.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 17, 2014
    67
    If there's a problem that gets in the way of some genuinely scary moments, it's that the filmmakers (all four of them) don't ever give you enough information to invest in the characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 17, 2014
    60
    The small achievement of Devil’s Due is how much it both exploits the video-cam approach and overcomes some of its limitations.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 17, 2014
    58
    While it’s generally above-average for this sorry genre, it’s so derivative, in both style and narrative, that there’s still an overwhelming sense of plodding inevitability to the whole affair.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 22, 2014
    40
    Although a slow-burn approach to this sort of creepfest is generally a smart move, Devil’s Due peters out of outright suspense midway through and never fully recovers, despite (or possibly because of) a final reel that may shock some viewers but will leave die-hard genre fans gnashing their teeth and rending their clothes in dismay.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    It's as substantial as seeing "The Exorcist" redone on Snapchat – and let's not even consider the implication of casting black and Latino performers as Satan's minions, because clearly its makers haven't.
  7. Reviewed by: Nigel Floyd
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    Devil’s Due spends far too much time on home movie footage of likeable newlyweds Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha McCall (Allison Miller), while neglecting to scare the bejesus out of us.
  8. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    An ordinary, forgettable horror film. Even the Devil deserves more than this.
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    Oscillates between the jolting and the absurd, bottoming out with a nonsensical coda.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 17, 2014
    38
    The dialogue is dull, the performances perfunctory and while it is novel to leave out “the explainer” character — that slim hope that a priest, an expert on the Occult or whoever, can give the characters answers — common to this genre, leaving that character out robs the film of pathos and urgency.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jan 20, 2014
    30
    We're more than 45 years out from Roman Polanski's director-controlled masterpiece in gestating terror, and yet no gimmick in Devil's Due — no point-of-view shock cut or shaky-cam "realism" — is as dread-inducing as tracking the grim revelations on Mia Farrow's face.
  12. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jan 17, 2014
    30
    Devlin's script tips its hand so early on that Devil's Due lumbers toward a woefully flat, predictable ending, and the unwelcome promise of something truly demonic — sequels.
  13. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 17, 2014
    30
    Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett direct with competence but a dispiriting lack of originality.
  14. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 17, 2014
    30
    As with most found footage films, there’s a lot of tediousness, with the early proceedings resembling the sort of home movies from which anyone not directly involved would normally flee.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jan 17, 2014
    30
    The film expends plenty of effort crafting a few memorable freakout setpieces and nailing down the logistics of its found-footage camera placement, yet it offers precious little in the way of real scares or engaging characters, and even less in original ideas.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 20, 2014
    25
    It’s more silly than scary.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Jan 17, 2014
    25
    Devil's Due is one of those films that borrows so many key elements from other and often better movies that genre buffs could amuse themselves by composing lists of all the titles that it blatantly rips off throughout.
  18. Reviewed by: Ali Catterall
    Jan 21, 2014
    20
    The Devil may have all the best tunes, but this really is the worst sort of cinematic karaoke.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Mar 2, 2014
    0
    An aweful movie. A GIANT WASTE OF TIME. A GIANT WASTE OF MONEY. A USELESS MOVIE WITH TERRIBLE EFFECTS. ITS JUST PLAIN STUPID. I DONT THINK IVE MET SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE. Full Review »
  2. Feb 3, 2014
    0
    This is awful, everything is wrong with it the acting is bad, the scares are not scary, the premise is tired, and hammered to death a million times, some people say it's Paranormal Activity meets Rosemary's Baby, and it is true, as this movie takes everything wrong with those movie, and multiplies that a million times, and creates **** Full Review »
  3. Jan 26, 2014
    8
    Pretty cool movie. Not very scary, and I'm really tied of this "found footage" trend in horror movies, but the acting was good and the effects were nice. Full Review »