The Last House on the Left

Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    The remake is plenty scary, though any moral inquiry into the cost of revenge seemed to fly over the heads of the screaming, laughing crowd I saw it with.
  2. 50
    Like the current hit "Taken," Last House 2009 packs a vicarious jolt that might feel cathartic to certain moviegoers.
  3. 50
    In the end, like virtually every other remake that has been released recently, it's polished and predictable.
  4. The result is a glossy, engaging suspense film that jettisons much of its predecessor's sadism and subtext in favor of crowd-pleasing revenge violence.
  5. 40
    This new House tries to sustain a grave, heavy sense of threat. It fails, through its villainy.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    40
    If the original could be accused of having a real point (even a subtext), the uninspired redo has none whatsoever.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 14 out of 36
  1. Sep 6, 2015
    8
    The movie was actually pretty good.The acting was okay,the movie was entertaining and there was some blood.The movie was probably censoredThe movie was actually pretty good.The acting was okay,the movie was entertaining and there was some blood.The movie was probably censored because the rape scene was not really believable and the deaths were kind of lame except for the first bad guy.The atmosphere was not good enough to really affect the movie.And the way the movie is made, you won't like any characters so you won't really care who dies at the end. Overall a pretty good movie but it could've been so much better. Full Review »
  2. Jan 10, 2015
    8
    I haven't seen this in a couple years, so my memory of it was a little fuzzy. Now I know that it was far better than I expected. A hugeI haven't seen this in a couple years, so my memory of it was a little fuzzy. Now I know that it was far better than I expected. A huge improvement to the original was a consistently dark atmosphere. In Wes Craven's version, it felt silly at times, namely the scenes with the cops and the whole "Willow" stuff. This remake was also a lot more intense and suspenseful, and the danger felt a lot more real. The ending may somewhat blunt the movie's overall effect, but, hey, how often do you get that sort of ending in a horror movie? The rape scene was very difficult to sit through because it was so long and realistic, which is my only real complaint. If you had to choose to watch the original or the remake, I would go with the remake because it's a lot more thrilling, and it's far superior to Wes Craven's version overall. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    I watched this film without watching the original film. Just another remake based on a 1970's classic. I'd watch the first one before watchingI watched this film without watching the original film. Just another remake based on a 1970's classic. I'd watch the first one before watching this adaptation. Full Review »