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  • Summary: A contemporary tale of terror set in an abandoned insane asylum. (USA Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Anderson, his superb ensemble cast and inspired cinematographer Uta Briesewitz, appeal at once to the intellect and the emotions as they build suspense and tension mercilessly.
  2. Horror fans and those who just plain enjoy a well-told story should thank the cinematic gods. Session 9 is not only the scariest movie of the year, but also perhaps the most easy to believe since the first "Blair Witch."
  3. 80
    A spine-tingler directed with fierce finesse.
  4. 50
    The climactic revelation is a real disappointment, humdrum rather than chilling.
  5. 50
    The film isn't remotely scary. That's a shame, because it has top-notch performances by Peter Mullan and David Caruso.
  6. 40
    The script for Session 9 is so underwritten that even such lively character actors as David Caruso, Peter Mullan, and Brendan Sexton III are left stranded.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Little more than an overworked exercise in jostling red herrings, and not particularly fresh herrings at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Dec 8, 2012
    Nice to see a horror flick with set pieces you don't see coming from miles away... This movie does have its cons, such as the plodding plot development and overly modest soundtrack, but once the credits are rolling, you'll know you just finished watching a scary movie. The ending does a nice job tying together the plot points that the rest of the movie deliberately underexposes. Great effort, must-see for jaded horror fans. Not too long on replay value though, what with the slow pace and the reliance on the surprise ending. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2010
    While not the best movie around, Session 9 will definitely keep you at the edge of your seat, wanting more and keeping you guessing at the same time. This was a very well executed movie, with a great cast and an even greater twist. Definitely a must see. Expand
  3. May 11, 2012
    There came a point in the movie that made it very easy to guess the ending. Despite this it is hard to deny that Session 9 is a smartly crafted thriller/horror flick. A genuinely creepy movie. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2012
    Let me put it this way. If this review was based on the story itself, it would be an 8 or a 9. The movie is moody, menacing, and at some points borderline terrifying. But there's way more to a movie than the story. In pretty much every other area, Session 9 is flawed. The characters are shallow, the dialogue painful at some points. I found myself not really caring about what happened 2/3 of the way through. But the last 10 minutes was fairly redemptive. It was pretty shocking, not a twist that I at all expected. It made it worth watching, but up until the last 10-15 minutes, it's a pretty frustrating ride. Expand
  5. May 14, 2012
    A very average horror film. Some genuinely unsettling and creepy sequences, but for the most part a dry and uninteresting flick. The setting and atmosphere is very spooky and well done, but this is wasted with a bad script and plot-line, and wooden acting. Expand

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