Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dec 5, 2012
    An exercise in pure sadism, The Collection moves at a clip that leaps over plot holes in its race to elicit fright.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 29, 2012
    The Collection is an honest title. The movie is just a lot of other people's greatest hits.
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Nov 28, 2012
    Remarkably, the result manages to be both more preposterous and more efficient than its predecessor, with a couple of deaths occurring so swiftly they border on the subliminal.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 29, 2012
    The whole thing is a fairly yawn-a-rific affair until the vengeful prologue establishes a wicked role reversal, hinting at the better movie that filmmakers more interested in storytelling would have made.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 30, 2012
    Melton and Dunstan have created little more than a hollow shell for an empty box.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 3, 2012
    The movie's a smorgasbord of horror, and, ironically, that takes the teeth out of it. We're not really in this villain's world, because we don't know what his world is, or what he is, or what he's trying to even do. It's like a nightmare designed by someone who's heard a lot about nightmares but has never actually had one.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Nov 29, 2012
    Genre aficionados are likely to revel in every crunched bone, gratuitous decapitation and slow-motion iron-maiden impaling.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 29, 2012
    The Collection is bloody, disgusting and ridiculous, but the one thing it's not is horror, not real horror, not in the sense of tense or scary. It's not cinema, either. It's not even fun.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Nov 28, 2012
    Whereas the later "Saw" films were hampered by bloated backstory, various ostentatious agendas, and self-satisfied sadism, The Collection feels utterly unburdened by anything but its lean, fleet-footed plot.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 28, 2012
    It also has enough nutty energy and oddball touches - "The Wire's" Andre Royo shows up as a gun-toting, faux-hawk-sporting badass - that it's never boring. Dumb, gross, gratuitous, and overly familiar, sure. But never boring.
  11. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 28, 2012
    Unfortunately, the Collector simply isn't a very interesting screen villain. Clad in a black mask that reveals only his eyes and mouth, he mainly communicates by heavy breathing. It makes one yearn for the perversely witty chatter of Jigsaw.
  12. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Nov 30, 2012
    A pointless exercise in sadism.
  13. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Nov 28, 2012
    An energetic but utterly weightless exercise in slice-and-dice cinema. This sequel to 2009 chiller "The Collector" is in many ways bigger (more characters, more locations, more carnage), but in no way better than its predecessor.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 4, 2012
    The Collection doesn't have much to recommend it beyond a first-reel bloodbath rivaling "Blade" and "Death Ship."
  15. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 30, 2012
    Dull and repetitive, even by the standards of an already repetitive genre.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Dec 24, 2012
    The Collection is an above par horror sequel that isn't just better than the first, but also delivers an ending that rarely any horror films nowadays deliver. Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2012
    a worthy sequel that sufficiently carves out its own identity, dunstan once again proves to be an energetic and devoted director/writer, though there are much less developed characters this time around, in every other respect, it is bigger, and most certainly better, than the first film, even if you haven't seen the first, this is still great as a standalone film so please, if you love horror movies, you will find plenty to enjoy here. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2012
    absolutely epic, tense, frenetic, scary, ultra-gory and action-packed on a much larger scale than the collector, the collection is everything horror fans could hope for, and there are still surprises to be had. Full Review »