Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 63
    A darker-than-dark British comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 13, 2013
    70
    You certainly won’t find a lot of films like Sightseers. To call it a dark comedy is to undersell “dark” and oversell “comedy.” A very British affair, it exists to suggest laughter more than induce it.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 11, 2013
    100
    Director Wheatley has already shown his aptitude for sardonic horror-commentaries, and Sightseers is his best film to date. Sightseers is dark, gruesome, blithely amoral and thoroughly entertaining.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 16, 2013
    75
    Darkly funny though it is, Sightseers has undercurrents of genuine and very British weirdness...Way down beneath the whimsy is a class rage as heartfelt as it is warped.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 9, 2013
    63
    What begins as an alert and witty barbed satire degenerates into a senseless bloodbath in the black comedy Sightseers.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 9, 2013
    50
    Scrub away the gore and the nastier bits of provocation, and Ben Wheatley's Sightseers belongs squarely in the tradition of British classics like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and "The Ruling Class" — satires that transformed simmering class resentment into brittle, nasty dark comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 9, 2013
    80
    It is the almost accidental way Tina and Chris go about going bad that provides Sightseers with its twisted humor and its unexpected charm.
  8. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 9, 2013
    40
    Working from a script by Ms. Lowe and Mr. Oram, Mr. Wheatley continues in the same bludgeoning, amusingly if dubiously deadpan fashion for what soon feels like an overextended joke.
  9. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Sightseers is a jet-black comedy that understands exactly how absurdist it is, and its murders are always played for laughs.
  10. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    May 8, 2013
    42
    The relentless contrast of banality with horror seems to be Wheatley’s signature move, and like his "Kill List" (2011), Sightseers can claim a sizable fan base, especially in its native U.K. But the humor here, ironically, doesn’t travel well.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 7, 2013
    25
    Sightseers is a morose, unsettling blend of pathology for sport and murder for laughs.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 7, 2013
    100
    Wheatley, underplaying his stylishness, goes for a subtle national satire about geeks gone wild, and that’s the fun here: On as mild-mannered a vacation as two Brits might devise, a killer comes along—and, after a while, is politely welcomed in, the kettle simmering.
  13. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    May 7, 2013
    88
    This sardonic depiction of Britain, as a land where a thin veneer of strained politesse and fussy specificity of tastes masks a throbbing heart of darkness, makes for Ben Wheatley's best film yet.
  14. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Apr 9, 2013
    100
    Sightseers homicidal holiday isn't just a pitch-black comedy made with skill, will and brains; it's also another demonstration that Wheatley is, to use an all-too-appropriate phrase, going places.
  15. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 9, 2013
    83
    He's still cultivating his storytelling abilities, but Wheatley has clearly found his sweet spot: a darkly funny place with serious potential.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    The satire is firmly seated in character, and no one understands how well a good homicide can elucidate character better than Wheatley.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 9, 2013
    60
    Sightseers is funny and well made, but Wheatley could be suffering from difficult third album syndrome: this is not as mysterious and interesting as Kill List.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    It might not sound much on paper, but it’s all in the delivery, the appealing lead performances combining with Wheatley's sudden tonal shifts to produce a film that’s funny, sinister and strangely moving.
  19. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    A uniquely British blend of excruciating comedy of embarrassment and outright grue, not quite as disorientating in its mood shifts as Kill List but just as impressive a film.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    A pitch-black and sometimes gorily violent laugh-riot.
  21. Reviewed by: Amanda May Meyncke
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    Simply put, Sightseers is a deliciously inappropriate and hilariously weird comedy.
  22. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 9, 2013
    58
    It's neither grounded enough to be genuinely horrifying nor over the top enough to be nastily fun.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 17, 2013
    1
    This is a bad film.. the best I can say about it is;" lovely tour of the English countryside despite the disturbing sexual content and graphic psychotic violence." Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    7
    A newly involved couple take a caravan trip and ….. well, to say any more would spoil the film. Directed by Ben Wheatley, Sightseers, is a (very) dark horror-comedy with a similar tone to that of Hot Fuzz, not least thanks to the rather graphic violence. Thanks in large part to the lead pair of Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who give superbly understated performances, the movie certainly works for the most part and is well worth a watch. Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2014
    7
    Sightseers has possibly the biggest change in tone of any movie ever. In the first 20 minutes it goes from being bizarre and reasonably upbeat to being bizarre and very very dark. But quite funny.

    By way of laughs I wasn't exactly satisfied, out of the moments which I did laugh at, the jokes were usually witty and clever. However in some places it got unpredictably juvenile and lost it's intelligence, this did not happen a lot only in the more mature scenes but I felt the movie could have done without it. Apart from being entertaining as a simple comedy, Sightseers is also very arty and was even shown at Cannes. This is probably because of the brilliant cinematography in the worryingly funny murder scenes. It was at the same level as the masterful camera angles Stanley Kubrick used in such as A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.

    Sightseers is a chilling and very funny black (not bleak) comedy which succeeds at being serious and realistic but enjoyable at the same time. The phrase strangely enjoyable has never been so fitting. Much like the close to perfect 2013 movie Don Jon, I was almost ashamed to laugh in Sightseers. That doesn't stop me recommending it.
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