The Stepfather

Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    McCormick's Stepfather boasts a decent script by J.S. Cardone, but it seems to have been made in a bubble, as if nothing had transpired in the world of slasher/horror since the late Donald Westlake ("The Grifters") wrote the much-respected original.
  2. The trouble with the movie, apart from its rather monotonous dourness of tone, is that everyone in the family, especially the reformed-delinquent high school son (Penn Badgley), comes off as tougher, smarter, and quicker on the draw than the stepfather who's supposed to be outfoxing them.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    As such things go, it’s not bad: slick and proficient, The Stepfather 2.0 gets the adrenaline pumping, but the original has the brains.
  4. 50
    Whereas the 1987 horror hit The Stepfather was top-notch drive-in fare, this perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel.
  5. A clumsy remake of the 1987 cult thriller.
  6. 50
    The kickoff is good -- the finale effectively literalizes the expression “broken home” -- but director Nelson McCormick doesn’t keep things “taut” in between. Rather than do scenes right the first time, he tends to déjà vu them (this usually involves Amber Heard, wearing not-too-much).
  7. 40
    Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Jun 24, 2016
    7
    It's not that bad acted, it's entertaining and it's just some mindless fun. I mean the situations the characters were in were prettyIt's not that bad acted, it's entertaining and it's just some mindless fun. I mean the situations the characters were in were pretty unbelievable and the ending was just too much over the top but it's a mindless popcorn entertainment like most PG-13 horror movies these days. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2016
    8
    If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its moreIf the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining.

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  3. Apr 11, 2014
    1
    Generic is the perfect adjective for this horrible so called horror movie. You'll be bored until the last 5 minutes of the movie and thenGeneric is the perfect adjective for this horrible so called horror movie. You'll be bored until the last 5 minutes of the movie and then boredom becomes stupidity. Full Review »