Phantoms

Metascore
26

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 10 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    Until it coughs up a ridiculously convoluted explanation of why an isolated town in Colorado suddenly goes deader than a weekday matinee of "The Postman," Phantoms delivers the shivers.
  2. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    50
    Phantoms is fear-less.
  3. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    50
    Hot Damn! A full-on gory (relatively) unpretensious horror movie!... Far better than it has any right to be.
  4. Director Joe Chapelle knows how to stage a spooky scene, and Going and McGowan supply a refreshing alternative to the shrieking bimbos so familiar to horror fans.
  5. 50
    A horror film that starts out creepy but ends up disjointed and borderline- incoherent. It's a shame that the final product isn't a little better packaged because, unlike many lame entries into the genre, this one actually contains a few interesting, philosophically titillating ideas.
  6. The effects are murky and the giant worm looks more like a smear on the lens than anything else. Most of the intensity is generated by sudden sound effects like ringing phones, alarm clocks or oven timers.
  7. 40
    All the movie's free-form horror phenomena might have been more interesting if the plot didn't keep insisting on a systematic explanation for them.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    This Movie Was Scary And Alot Of Fun!
    Rose McGowan Does A Great Job (As Well As The Rest Of The Cast)
  2. Feb 7, 2016
    10
    Phantoms is one of my favourite horror movies. The cast give fun performances and the movie has intense,
    complex special effects. The movie
    Phantoms is one of my favourite horror movies. The cast give fun performances and the movie has intense,
    complex special effects. The movie was produced by Wes Craven's Dimension Films company. Phantoms is one of the wittiest and inventive horror movies of the 90's.
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  3. Apr 5, 2016
    10
    Phantoms is a horror thriller with polished actors, a clever plot, clever special effects and the movie is
    based off of a book by Dean
    Phantoms is a horror thriller with polished actors, a clever plot, clever special effects and the movie is
    based off of a book by Dean Koontz. Phantoms is as intense and entertaining as Scream, The Faculty,
    Orphan, Drag Me to Hell, Cabin In The Woods, Hellraiser, Candyman, Dracula 2000, et cetera.
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