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  • Summary: When Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Going) brings her teenage sister Lisa (McGowan) to a little mountain resort community in Colorado, they find the town deathly quiet and realize its inhabitants are either dead, missing or both. Together with Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Affleck), his deputy (Schrieber)When Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Going) brings her teenage sister Lisa (McGowan) to a little mountain resort community in Colorado, they find the town deathly quiet and realize its inhabitants are either dead, missing or both. Together with Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Affleck), his deputy (Schrieber) and a professor (O'Toole), they try to investigate what seems to be a fabled "Ancient Enemy" that has invaded their town. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 10 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    80
    Pic's virtues all stem from taking its genre imperatives absolutely seriously rather than condescending to them or playing cute. Even venerable O'Toole resists what must have been an obvious temptation to wink at his role, and delivers a solid, enjoyable turn.
  2. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    50
    Hot Damn! A full-on gory (relatively) unpretensious horror movie!... Far better than it has any right to be.
  3. 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.
  4. For about 20 minutes, Phantoms, based on Dean Koontz's bestseller, keeps you guessing. After that, it barely keeps you awake.
  5. 30
    Director Chappelle lays on the spook factor heavy in the first 30 minutes or so, but the film quickly devolves into a simplistic slash 'n' bash shoot-'em-up which goes nowhere fast.
  6. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    25
    A horror movie that has the distinction of not even being scary... Although Koontz wrote the screenplay, the suspense for which he is supposed to be famous doesn't translate to the screen.
  7. The movie's computer animation is so cut-rate and its direction (by Joe Chappelle) so slack that the attacks are virtually terror-free.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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)

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