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  • Summary: When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where theyWhen frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand
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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 12 out of 18
  1. 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 thatI 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. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    6
    The biggest damage done to "The Apparition" is done before you even watch the movie - the marketing. This movie is sold boldly advertising theThe biggest damage done to "The Apparition" is done before you even watch the movie - the marketing. This movie is sold boldly advertising the movie's very final frame, which was even at the end of the trailer, thus ruining any shock or surprise value their last and biggest card could have possibly held. Outside of that, I'm surprised to see such low ratings here - it's really nowhere near that bad a film. Yeah, it's pretty unsurprising - but on the other hand, the characters aren't written as laughable cardboard cutouts who can't hope to pull off a believable person. The characters here are likeable and genuine, and even though the ending wasn't what I was looking for, the rest of the movie to a lesser degree was sort of what I wanted to see. It doesn't rely on cheap scares or gore to pretend to frighten us - it relies on PG-13, if not cliched, images and suspense tactics that are decent, if not "seen before". Overall, I rate it only slightly above a 5 for giving me some real characters for once. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2014
    4
    Didn't offend me as much as I thought it would. It had some interesting ideas that never really flourished, sadly, but there were one or twoDidn't offend me as much as I thought it would. It had some interesting ideas that never really flourished, sadly, but there were one or two really cool and creepy scenes. The scene in the hotel was a good one, and there's another scene were the main chick is nailing a door shut, but the camera pans back, and we see that she's actually inside the locked door with the ghost/demon/whatever. The rest was pretty mediocre. The first thirty minutes were painfully boring, but if you can get past that, it's a good way to waste a night with a friend or two. Expand
  4. 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'sThe 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. Expand
  5. 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 theThe 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. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2013
    1
    Ashley Greene is the only thing keeping me from giving this 0. Not that she can act at all, but she is beautiful and is scantily clad for aAshley Greene is the only thing keeping me from giving this 0. Not that she can act at all, but she is beautiful and is scantily clad for a good portion of this horrendous movie. I was so bored watching this that I literally missed most of it doing other things. The ending was ridiculous and the only thing I found scary was that someone thought this was a movie worth making. Ashley acts about as well as her Twilight costars but in my humble opinion is hot enough to give her another chance in another movie. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2012
    0
    The tagline for this movie is "Once You Believe, You Die." They also show one of the characters saying "Once you believe in him.. he killsThe tagline for this movie is "Once You Believe, You Die." They also show one of the characters saying "Once you believe in him.. he kills you" in the preview, and some girl saying "It's not real, it's not real, it's not real" as arms wrap around her. From the preview, it looks like a half-decent movie... However, none of that actually happens in the movie. That "Once you believe, you die" thing? It's not a part of the plot. At all. I'm serious, we thought we had rented the wrong movie - but, nope, it's just THAT bad. Also, the acting was terrible. They should be ashamed of themselves for promoting this movie the way they did. Expand

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