Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    Haunter offers a freaky, visceral experience — without a hint of gore.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 21, 2013
    70
    Less twisted than Natali's last film, Splice, it's sufficiently novel to uphold his reputation as a filmmaker not content telling conventional fanboy stories.
  3. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 18, 2013
    63
    Once Haunter's story snaps into focus, and its creators pull you towards its inevitable conclusion, the film's flaws become that much more apparent.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Director Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) is more effective at sustaining clammy suspense than hiding all the holes in Brian King’s script. But top-billed Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 2, 2013
    60
    The premise is provoking and well-conceived, confidently moving things forward until the increasingly knotty rules of the film’s universe eventually come to overbear the experience a bit in the homestretch.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Teen Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) is trapped in a kind of undead, unfunny “Groundhog Day,” living one particular 24 hours with her family over and over.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Lifted by the sepulchral Stephen McHattie as Lisa’s nemesis, the film’s frazzled thought experiment becomes an adequate yarn.
  8. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Oct 16, 2013
    50
    It’s likely too dark to please the girls who might otherwise relate to its story and star, and probably too simple and pitch-positive for genre fans.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 16, 2013
    50
    After performing many narrative backflips in an attempt to lucidly resolve things, Haunter eventually settles for half-baked uplift that renders much of what came before ridiculous and nonsensical.
  10. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats, at the expense of elaborating on his main character's growing feelings of isolation and torment.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 22, 2013
    25
    This awful rehash, badly directed by Vincenzo Natali (Splice), reeks of stale, recycled ideas.
  12. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 2, 2013
    25
    It's utterly unconvincing and not scary in the slightest.
  13. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 15, 2013
    20
    Has an elegance roughly on par with a Goosebumps novel, refusing to follow its own contradictory rules and barely sustaining a pretense of internal logic.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    Lisa is a girl who is experiencing the same day over & over again, literally. Her parents are useless; her mother cooks & cleans, her father is trying to fix the car all the time & her little brother plays video games & also plays with his imaginary friend, looks familiar "imaginary friend". In fact, this movie is anything but familiar, it is one of the most twisted horror movies I have ever seen, Abigail Breslin pulls it off again with a noticeable performance, the cinematography is unique in style & the visuals are more than just enough for such independent movie. Is it perfect? No, but near. If you are going into the movie expecting some familiar haunted house horror movie to pass time this is not the perfect movie for you, you have to connect the dots & figure things out for yourself. Full Review »