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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. MichaelM
    May 26, 2007
    One of the finest horror movies ever. Inspirational enough to have the makers of "Silent Hill 3" create an homage to the upside down wheelchair seen in the opening shot. Perhaps too cerebral for fans of the same-old horror genre. Sound design is incredible, and the HD cameras used really help to bring out details in the decrepit hospital. Expand
  2. DougS.
    Jan 5, 2008
    Easily one of the scariest movies in years. Solid performances by all in the cast. Brilliantly shot and edited, this movie will creep you out and stay with you. Not for the slasher-movie fan, but if you like The Shining and Blair Witch, this movie is a must-see. Expand
  3. NeilS.
    Apr 9, 2008
    One of the best scary/spooky flicks ever.
  4. Daniel
    Sep 13, 2005
    Excellent in ambiance and subtlety. No spoon-feeding tripe with this movie. The audience actually has a choice in the interpretation of this film
  5. 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
  6. MarkW.
    Mar 7, 2007
    ...For me, this movie was a little bit spookier & close-to-home then it would be for most people...where the main characters in this movie are workers removing Asbestos from an Abandoned insane Asylum somewhere in the state of MA (I think it's Chelmsford, MA...) & me & a few of my friends have been breaking into a boarded-up abandoned Worcester State Mental Hospital, which is up on a hill in the woods about a mile off of Route 9 in Worcester, MA near UMass Memorial Hospital....I Drive my Chevelle up the hill with the lights off @ night, all 5 of us get out of my Chevelle all dressed in Black, all of us carrying some kind of weapon for self defense against anything we might encounter inside (one of us holds a Crow-Bar, one of us with a Medieval Style Sword, Large Knives, & I go in with a fully loaded .38 Special in a holster on my right hip.... Expand
  7. 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

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