Artisan Entertainment | Release Date: July 16, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
81
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 33 Critics
Positive:
30
Mixed:
3
Negative:
0
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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.
90
Man, I just can't recommend this enough.
90
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.
90
It might be the scariest movie ever made.
88
May be the creepiest and most original horror film since John Carpenter's classic "Halloween."
88
The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
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.
50
While it has its scary moments, and while its central conceit is refreshingly imaginative, there's ultimately not much there there.