Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. 40
    Zombie continues to have a true, unflinching artist's eye for the sublimely horrific (a woodsy murder sequence is pregnant with disturbing, painterly compositions), that eye is wasted here on an unnecessarily moribund history of sociopathy as it relates to Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    25
    As with Zombie's two previous schlock horror features, "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects," the atmosphere here isn't so much tense and jolting as unnervingly weird and gory, but it's effective.
  3. The set-up is tediously slow, while the later murders are packed so tightly it's like watching a blender on high speed.
  4. This Myers is more problem child than bogeyman.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    60
    As it stands, he made a noble attempt, and it could've been a Hell of a lot worse, but it's not as great a film as its potential hints at.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    80
    Horrific as it is, Halloween isn’t so much a horror film as a biopic, and a superb one at that.
  7. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    It's a more polished, high-fidelity version of a story that's played out on screen many times since 1978, but once Zombie runs out of subtext, he's right back to the same old slasher text: "Blood. Guts. The end."
  8. There is just no tension built prior to the murders.
  9. Reviewed by: Paul Semel
    75
    Halloween is a real, classic-style horror movie, not an exercise in gross special effects. Oh, and for those who’ve missed Carpenter’s classic, this will scare the candy corn out of you, but the original is still champion.
  10. 50
    This is not a good movie but, considering what Halloween has evolved into over the course of seven sequels, it's perhaps better than it has a right to be.
  11. Filmgoers looking for copious amounts of mindless violence won't be disappointed.
  12. Reviewed by: Steven Hyden
    50
    This latest unsuccessful stab at Carpenter's masterwork just proves that the original Halloween is as unbeatable as its masked leading man.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    Like kudzu vine, killer bees and herpes, we may never be rid of it.
  14. As usual, Zombie has added an element of camp fun to the proceedings with his clever casting of B-movie icons in small roles, including Dee Wallace, Brad Dourif, Danny Trejo and Sid Haig.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    The new Halloween has sympathy for the Devil, but not enough.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Zombie delivers a scary horror movie immediately recognizable as his own -- something that will come as a welcome relief to fans who've diligently sat through seven "Halloween" sequels in hopes of one day reliving the original's terrifying magic.
  17. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    Leaves nothing to the imagination: Michael Myers is always right there in plain sight, committing mayhem sans suspenseful buildup or mystique.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    20
    A film that contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for "Jerry Springer" wrote it (Zombie did).
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 237 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 146
  2. Negative: 49 out of 146
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    3
    Horrifically brutal, unoriginal, topped with a poor script and cast, Halloween is one of the worst remakes to hit the horror genre yet. It is hard to watch not only from the gore, but also from every other individual aspect. Pass on this one. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2011
    6
    I am surprised that boobs, blood, and gore can actually work in this movie.
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    2
    I've watched and re-watched this movie despite myself, trying to find some reason not to finally and conclusively write off Rob Zombie as a one-note hack... and I simply can't do it. Not only does he fail to capture any of the style and essence of John Carpenter's source material, he can barely make this movie stand on its own legs. Don't be fooled by the vastly improved production values Full Review »