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  • Summary: The Strangers is a terrifying suspense thriller about a couple whose remote getaway becomes a place of terror when masked strangers invade. The confrontation forces Kristen and James to go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive. (Rogue Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. 91
    It isn't particularly original--for one, it owes an unacknowledged debt to the French film "Them"--but as an exercise in controlled mayhem, horror movies don't get much scarier.
  2. Both Speedman and Tyler deliver solid, nuanced performances as a couple caught at the most fragile moment in their relationship.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Bertino's taut, spare thriller is plenty scary without relying on pseudo-historical context. Anchored by convincing performances from Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, both of whom elevate their roles above the standard horror-movie caricature, this is an enormously unsettling movie.
  4. 60
    Ultimately, The Strangers does succeed in the sense that it offers a riveting, vastly credible enactment of everyone's worst nightmare.
  5. 38
    The movie deserves more stars for its bottom-line craft, but all the craft in the world can't redeem its story.
  6. Here's the tricky thing about The Strangers. Sure, it uses cinema to ends that are objectionable and vile ... but it does it well, with more than usual skill.
  7. 0
    All it offers is sadism, impure and simple.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 92
  2. Negative: 36 out of 92
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite what the critics say. I found this film to be a great textbook example of what horror movies should be like. Many people have a problem with the plot. But I think that this was a much more accurate example of what evil is. When they ask why are you doing this and the girl replies ("because you were home") That's one of the best and most accurate portrayal of what evil is. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Terrifying! It's about time a genuine good horror movie is released and this is it. The stillness and terror of this movie scares the hell out of most people including me. The motivation of the killers is what probabaly what scared me the most "because you are home". Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    A solid Thriller that is quite intense to watch as we witness a young couple terrorized by three 'strangers' who make their night a living hell. It's a slow-paced film but it picks up in all the right spots and is carried out well by the actors (although I'm not a big Liv Tyler fan). The final few scenes is where it all happens and is the highlight of the film, but the build up is necessary for the film. Overall it's not the best in its genre, but well worth a look regardless. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2010
    Man asks girlfriend to marry him, she refuses, go to isolated holiday home, strange people turn up....
    Thought I'd really hate this but,
    despite being predictable, isn't that bad for it's genre.
    Goes for the jump scare most of the time when you sort of know what's coming & in the first 20 minutes there is a lot of mumbling.
    The assailants are very well done & it does have quite an air of suspense about it despite the crap ending.
  5. Feb 15, 2014
    The film generates enough jump scares and suspenseful scenes/situations to be called a horror film, but it appears that those might be the only reasons. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2012
    I found this film mindless. I didn't like the acting, their decisions were lost on me and therefore my sympathy lessened as the film progressed and I just found the whole concept of the film upsetting. I kept hoping that there was going to be a point behind everything that was done and yet nothing was ever offered. I appreciate that being in a state of blind panic, you're not going to make the most rational of choices but I felt that there got to a point where the film was just outright stupid. It did make me jump, but so do most unexpected loud noises, so that in itself is fairly meaningless. However, in the interest of fairness, it seems only right to point out what I think the film did do well. I think they were successful in making the 'strangers' genuinely unsettling and disturbing characters, it was suspenseful at times it being so close to home, quite literally, is an aspect of the film that will probably stay with a number of its viewers. Also, certain scenes that weren't reliant on making its audience jump were quite well thought out and as such, made for some fairly chilling moments. On the whole, as you can tell, I wasn't too impressed and I think a lot of people, particularly horror fans, will want a lot more from a film than this one was able to provide. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2012
    What a terrible movie and a waste of 1.5 hours. The characters made totally illogical choices and the stalkers were apparently omniscient because they knew exactly where the characters were at all times. The story is so contrived that I'm amazed people call this "suspenseful" or "scary". It's just a long drawn out build up for some torture porn at the end. It is also an outrage that the movie is supposedly based on actual events. In other words, hollywood is trying to make money off of some tragic murder case. The good news is, the movie flopped so badly, I'm not sure we have to worry about anything else from this "creative team". Expand

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