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  • Summary: It's been twenty years since Laurie Strode escaped her brother's wrath. Now, it's time for one hell of a family reunion. (Trancas International Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Samuels
    80
    The plot is predictable, but the frights are real.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    While plot mechanics aren't wildly imaginative, pic nonetheless delivers requisite jolts in an above-average package.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff(Not Credited)
    58
    Like Demi Moore leaking tears or Sharon Stone crossing her legs, Jamie Lee Curtis screaming is one of those glorious sights that inspire a generation of moviegoers to binge on popcorn.
  5. It's campy fun, but if you've seen the previous sequels, the plot grows tiresome and lacks shock value.
  6. The movie, directed by Steve Miner, a "Friday the 13th" vet, never quite gins up the giddy, sick, politically incorrect power of the more high-powered "Screams" of late.
  7. Reviewed by: Bob Stephens
    0
    Unfortunately, the contemporary horror movie has ceased being an individual work full of surprises and fresh manifestations of the Gothic imagination - it has, instead, been reduced to the level of an inflexible, repetitious, ritualistic event.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. ScottN
    Jun 7, 2009
    10
    I went to see this movie in the theatre expecting it to be pretty awful. After all, how many of you expect the 7th movie in a horror series I went to see this movie in the theatre expecting it to be pretty awful. After all, how many of you expect the 7th movie in a horror series to be any good? Anyway, I came away pleasantly surprised, and this is now probably my 2nd (or 3rd at worst) favorite in the entire series. Really a nice wrap up to the whole Laurie/Michael storyline, and this is where it ends in my mind. Don't be fooled by Resurrection and the fact that Jamie Lee is in it - that movie is a farce and Jamie Lee's appearance is nothing more than a shameful cameo.. H20 is suspenseful, well written, and well acted. Good job!! Expand
  2. GeorgeW
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    This is a great film. One of the best thrillers ever made. It's actually much better than the first, in my opinion. This film is quite This is a great film. One of the best thrillers ever made. It's actually much better than the first, in my opinion. This film is quite thrilling, the music made it thrilling actually. The best thing about it is that it scares us rather than showing us gore and stuff like that. Oh yes, the gore is minimal, there's also no sex/nudity. Great film! Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2014
    10
    H20 was really actually scary it has alot of tense and volume to the music that actually scares the hell out of you when myers jumps out orH20 was really actually scary it has alot of tense and volume to the music that actually scares the hell out of you when myers jumps out or the friends jump out as an accident. same story , same plot ,same old dumb resurrecting thats what SUCKS ! about the franchise , just kill him hits simple , but thats annoys me about the film series. But this actually a good movie it takes back 20 years of Jamie Lee Curtis' Character " Laurie Strode" it's a good Steve Miner film i am not sure if the original director of halloween John Carpenter had a different view of the story though. Grade A
    ( i am a huge fan of Carpenter 's halloween series there is so much things that halloween can reveal about Myers tell the unthinkable film of halloween).
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  4. Dec 9, 2012
    7
    For all its weaknesses, I give this movie major points if only for trying to undo some of the damage to the series from parts 5 and 6; theFor all its weaknesses, I give this movie major points if only for trying to undo some of the damage to the series from parts 5 and 6; the director is clearly trying to shed some of the franchise' bad habits by de-canonizing the ridiculous "mark of Thorn" timeline. The return of Laurie Strode is strictly good news, as we can finally expect a more fitting conclusion to her story than an off-screen car crash Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the best Halloween movie since the original. The fight with Michael alone makes this worth watching. Too bad it wasn't really him. I feel like this would have been a good place for the series to end. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2014
    6
    A 'Scream'-type sequel to the original Halloween, featuring the return of Jamie Lee Curtis. This film suffered from seemingly being slappedA 'Scream'-type sequel to the original Halloween, featuring the return of Jamie Lee Curtis. This film suffered from seemingly being slapped together as a cash-cow for Dimension Studios rather than a stand alone film. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2011
    3
    It was ok. Still a little too generic for my taste and the acting was pretty horrible too. The kills werent all that good either. Takes farIt was ok. Still a little too generic for my taste and the acting was pretty horrible too. The kills werent all that good either. Takes far too long to get into as well. Just another generic addition to the series. Expand

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