Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    At a time when digital techniques can show us almost anything, The Blair Witch Project is a reminder that what really scares us is the stuff we can't see.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    100
    Many of us may have thought that with the world offering so much vivid horribleness every day, movies had lost the power to give us a good cathartic scare. It's a shock -- and a pleasure -- to discover we were wrong.
  3. Ingenious in its simplicity.
  4. 91
    It breaks so sharply from the practice of contemporary horror film that it requires us to return to the most basic understanding of what it is to be frightened by a movie.
  5. 90
    It might be the scariest movie ever made.
  6. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    90
    Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers.
  7. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    90
    Man, I just can't recommend this enough.
  8. A nifty example of how to make something out of nothing. Nothing but imagination, and a game plan so enterprising it should elevate its creators to pinup status at film schools everywhere.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    An intensely imaginative piece of conceptual filmmaking that also delivers the goods as a dread-drenched horror movie.
  10. Reviewed by: Lloyd Rose
    90
    The Blair Witch Project is terrifying. It's also an exuberant prank of genius.
  11. The what-you-don't-see element makes this an excellent film for people with overactive imaginations, and if that's you, it will scare the living crap out of you.
  12. The inexplicably terrifying ending is good for a month's worth of nightmares -- no small thing for a movie in such a saturated field.
  13. May be the creepiest and most original horror film since John Carpenter's classic "Halloween."
  14. Blair Witch forgoes a literal boogeyman in favor of the unseen, which, in this case, is as scarily bone-chilling as anything they could show you.
  15. 88
    The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
  16. 88
    Caused a major stir with Sundance, and for good reason -- it was perhaps the most offbeat, energetic, and eye-opening motion picture to screen there.
  17. 80
    It's as chilling as Algernon Blackwood's elegantly unnerving "The Willows," played absolutely, unsettlingly straight.
  18. The most inventive and genuinely frightening horror movie to appear in years.
  19. 80
    It's a small film whose power is derived from its stripped-down scale.
  20. 80
    A truly scary horror film, something akin to a lost art these days.
  21. 80
    Paranoid, hysterical, and programmatically subjective, the movie is in every sense a psychological thriller. Although the payoff is ambiguous, the experience remains in the mind. It's an absolutely restrained and truly frightening movie.
  22. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    No part of us is allowed to relax. Ever.
  23. Certain to nauseate a portion of its audience.
  24. An ultra-cheap movie, ingeniously promoted through the Internet -- is notable primarily as a model of guerrilla-style niche-marketing.
  25. As a horror picture, Blair Witch may not be much more than a cheeky game, a novelty with the cool, blurry look of an avant-garde artifact. But as a manifestation of multimedia synergy, it's pretty spooky.
  26. As amateurish and fumbling as it is in every department, the sum total of the movie is pretty darn scary.
  27. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    The great power of the film lies in its simplicity, in the slow-building tension and psychological melt-downs that are the result of stark, bare-bones film-making.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    70
    A fairy tale reminding us that childhood fears are deep and tangled as tree roots.
  29. Low-tech inventiveness at its best.
  30. A pretty impressive horror film.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 173 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 89
  2. Negative: 26 out of 89
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    7
    Although the movie smells old and cheap, "The Blair Witch Project" is one of the standing point movies of the 'psychological horror'. It will scare the **** out of you. Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    At a time when digital techniques can show us almost anything, The Blair Witch Project is a reminder that what really scares us is the stuff we can't see. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2011
    0
    When me and my friends watched this last Halloween, we were expecting a horrifying movie that would give us nightmares and a lot of stories to tell at school after. Instead what we got was an hour and a half of shaky cameras, mediocre acting and an ending that is more laughable than scary. A letdown for people who are looking for a good movie to watch on the aforementioned holiday. Full Review »