Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    The whole fear-of-obese-hillbillies device is starting to smell as stale as Leatherface's playroom. Does this horror trend simply reflect a national fear, as giant radioactive ants personified the Bomb in the 1950s? If so, maybe it's time for us all to go on a diet; America needs fresh fodder for its boogeymen.
  2. A lot more enjoyable if you can leave your cognitive skills at the door.
  3. 50
    "The Beginning" is a better movie than the 2003 remake, even if the plot is understandably similar. There are only so many ways hapless teens can get brutally slaughtered, after all, but Liebesman and company keep things appropriately creepy, right down to aping the look of the 1974 original.
  4. 50
    Few surprises lie in store for connoisseurs of torture cinema, though unlike its 2003 predecessor, this Massacre owes less to Bay’s attention-deficient aesthetics than to the measured, Georgia O’Keefe-on-acid sensibility that guided Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel’s much-cannibalized original.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    This is not a slick, jokey horror movie in the post-"Scream" mold, but a genuine attempt to strip the coating from the audience's nerves. It's nasty and brutish, if not particularly short.
  6. 50
    Mindlessly repeats the archetypal "Chainsaw" scenario.
  7. 50
    More or less restages Tobe Hooper's 1974 original, including its much-loved family dinner scene.
  8. Just another trip down a very dusty road.
  9. 38
    Misses everything that made the first one eat into your spine like meningitis.
  10. 38
    Who will survive and what will be left of them? If you don't have a pretty good idea, this is not the movie for you. If you do, rest assured you've seen it all before.
  11. 30
    Only good old Leatherface literally mirrors the festering cultural and political corruption of the era, and to the film's vast discredit, this hideous echo is never even noted.
  12. Sadly, this movie is a far cry from the atmospheric, even thoughtfully crafted original, which made you truly scared for the unkempt, everyman victims. But this latest version, though just as grisly, is literally hackwork, and stars a forgettable, airbrushed cast of slaughterees.
  13. 25
    If watching people having their faces cut off, getting their legs amputated and having their throats tenderly slit is your idea of a horrific good time, you'll certainly get your money's worth here.
  14. Reviewed by: Rocco Colella
    The new prequel isn't really a slasher movie at all. It's a mess, with too much to say, and an odd genre in which to preach.
  15. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirshling
    Unlike "Hostel" or "Wolf Creek," TCM:B is rank and depressing.
  16. 25
    It's really gory and really dull. Mostly just dull.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Auds would be well advised not to attempt "Beginning" on a full stomach.
  18. 0
    Putridly written, directed and acted.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 12 out of 44
  1. LinT.
    Jan 18, 2007
    I made the mistake of buying some fast food before sitting down to watch this one and all the meat certainly didn't make me want to take a bite out of my double melt. I've never seen a movie with so many people covered in (and becoming) meat. Full Review »
  2. Jun 12, 2011
    This movie actually really surprised me. When I saw the previews for this movie I scoffed at the thought of them trying to make a prequel. This movie actually did a pretty good job of explaining some of the habits of the family as well as a little bit of leatherface and why he is the way he is. The acting was also pretty good for a horror movie. Overall not nearly as good as the original but still a fairly good watch. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    I Donno why people are so boring come on this was a good movie and i must say that the youngsters who starred in this movie were amazingly believable especially the blonde chick, i gave this a ten beacause it deserves it Full Review »