Metascore
18

Overwhelming dislike - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 12 out of 13
  1. 40
    The soulless-ness of their empty plot of track homes and super-store existence invokes both "Poltergeist" and "Employee of the Month."
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Aug 27, 2012
    38
    To those of us in the audience who might be strangers in paranormal precincts, it looks suspiciously like a séance.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Aug 27, 2012
    30
    The Apparition is not a great or even good haunted-house movie, but it does have the advantage of a memorable setting.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 27, 2012
    30
    At one point Ben helpfully looks under the house to see what might be causing the ruckus. "Watch out for spiders!" Kelly says. Actually, Ben - and the filmmakers - have a lot more to worry about.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 24, 2012
    30
    Lincoln's script has no knack for the pacing of cinematic exorcisms, and the truncated climax he does offer is short on action and scares.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 24, 2012
    30
    An incomprehensibly garbled, derivative attempt at a horror flick from first-time writer-director Todd Lincoln.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 25, 2012
    25
    A plodding, undercooked, and old-fashioned (not in a good way, either) chiller that will bore you to tears instead of scare you to death.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 24, 2012
    25
    It's a potentially creepy setting that would give an innovative director a chance to do a lot with a little. Unfortunately, Lincoln isn't one of those.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 24, 2012
    20
    This enervating muddle of paranormal nonsense manages the difficult feat of seeming frenzied and lethargic all at once, while building toward the sort of ludicrous cop-out climax that often incites die-hard genre fans to shout rude things at the screen.
  10. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 24, 2012
    20
    The Apparition turns out to be nothing more than a series of feebly constructed "Boo!" scenes tacked together to achieve (barely) feature length.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Aug 27, 2012
    16
    With more telegraphed scares than Samuel Morse on Halloween, it still might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater.
  12. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 24, 2012
    12
    The story is a worthy one, but the film lacks any daring expressive touches that might have made it, at the very least, noteworthy.
  13. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 29, 2012
    0
    Come to think of it, it's a lot like the departed shade of a better, longer movie, hovering in tatters before us, vanishing when we blink. When you look into this abyss, it yawns back at you.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. Aug 25, 2012
    2
    The Apparition is the worst kind of bad horror movie--the kind that's not good enough to enjoy, but not bad enough to make fun of. It's bland, like over-chewed gum that's long since lost its flavor. It's uninspired, incoherent, and overall inept. The story can't make up its mind who the ghost is, how many ghosts there are, or whether they're ghosts or something else. There's so much babble standing in for dialog about psychic bomb shelters and spectral beacons that confuses the story rather than clarifying it. Greene's performance ranges from swimsuit to naughty nightie. Nothing works in The Apparition. The actors struggle with their roles, the parts are underwritten, the story is underpopulated, scenes go nowhere, the score is synthetic and intrusive, the editing is too busy, and The Apparition has nothing to say. The Apparition does not deserve a theatrical release, but should haunt the $5 bins at Wal-Mart for all eternity. Full Review »
  2. Sep 4, 2012
    7
    I enjoyed this movie, it was good and it had a interesting plot! Everyone go see this. It's intelligent and involves plenty of elements that are scary and will cause you to jump a lot. Full Review »
  3. Aug 24, 2012
    1
    The Apparition, a new horror movie. What happen? A Completely disaster. The trama sounds cool, and that have the oportunity to scare all the people. But the development of the story is really terrible, boring and with much really much cliches. The performances of Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton and the rest of the cast are really terrible. Funny in some moments, but is an awful movie. One of the worst movies of this year. Full Review »