Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 7, 2013
    30
    A good idea for a ghost story is dead on arrival in The Condemned, a would-be thriller whose intended horror-tinged chills register as ho-hum hokum.
  2. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Mar 6, 2013
    25
    The Condemned is nothing but a creaky façade.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 2, 2013
    40
    Although directed in effectively creepy fashion by Roberto Buso-Garcia, the film’s leisurely pacing and overall restraint will likely leave genre fans dissatisfied even as its lack of depth will turn off art-house patrons.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 28, 2013
    30
    The Condemned is uncanny only in its resemblance to a television soap, with acting as flat as the lighting and scenes that end with the kind of cliffhanger moments that otherwise announce commercial breaks.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Feb 28, 2013
    38
    It adds up to a methodically bland, intellectually sluggish exercise in guilt-tripping that's nonetheless still more interested in its rich and sexy characters than the supposed unfortunates.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Feb 28, 2013
    10
    Writer-director Roberto Busó-Garcia's Spanish-language movie is so tame and so completely boring that to advertise it as a horror film is to insult the genre.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Feb 27, 2013
    58
    Viewers who enjoy a big rug-pull will want to keep an eye out for this one, as it essentially combines the surprise endings of several notable films into one all-encompassing “Gotcha!”
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 26, 2013
    40
    The filmmaker throws in a strangely irrelevant twist before he’s through, but despite a lavish dose of gothic style, The Condemned’s trek toward absolution is pretty familiar.

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