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  • Summary: In the suspense thriller The Uninvited, based on the 2003 Korean motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon" written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse,In the suspense thriller The Uninvited, based on the 2003 Korean motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon" written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father, Steven. Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions. Together, Anna and her sister must convince their father that his new fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother. (Paramount) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. 75
    Emily Browning's face helps The Uninvited work so well...She makes you fear for her, and that's half the battle. Yet she's so fresh she's ready for a Jane Austen role.
  2. 70
    A remake of the 2003 Korean horror film "A Tale of Two Sisters," The Uninvited is a Hand That Rocks the Cradle–type thriller that's been dressed up as a horror movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Don't be too quick to turn down The Uninvited. A stylish horror thriller in the vein of "The Ring," it's well-acted, frightening and handsomely produced
  4. 50
    The result is a middling Frankenstein-like hybrid of spectral mayhem and murder mystery, constructed entirely out of borrowed parts.
  5. Once spoiled by the gossamer disquietude of Kim Jee-woon's original Tale, it's difficult to view this Americanized version in anything but the blandest light.
  6. The plot borrows as freely from Hitchcock and Henry James as from the Bard of Avon, and doesn't make scrupulous sense, though I'd have to see the film again, which I won't do, to make sure it doesn't cheat.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    16
    Horror standbys like mangled corpses and stone-faced children pop up regularly, but sibling directors Charles and Thomas Guard haven't quite nailed the genre's rhythms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    One of my favorite movies ever. The movie really shows the revenge and sick mindedness that some people posess and the climax was the partOne of my favorite movies ever. The movie really shows the revenge and sick mindedness that some people posess and the climax was the part that revealed how much a girl can alter and change the lif of everyone in the family. A definite must see Expand
  2. kylef
    Jan 30, 2009
    10
    Surprising good movie.
  3. BrandonB.
    Jan 31, 2009
    9
    The first genuinely creepy at times movie ive seen in a long time. its somewhat predictable but is very interesting throughout. MUUUUCH The first genuinely creepy at times movie ive seen in a long time. its somewhat predictable but is very interesting throughout. MUUUUCH better than The Unborn which bored me to tears. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jan 30, 2009
    7
    Alt-rock sweetheart Juliana Hatfield had a cool sister. You may remember the elder Hatfield; she's the one who would have taken Juliana Alt-rock sweetheart Juliana Hatfield had a cool sister. You may remember the elder Hatfield; she's the one who would have taken Juliana to her first all-ages show. The Del-Fuegoes were playing. It's this same sisterly camaraderie which drove The Juliana Hatfield 3's near-hit "My Sister" out of alternative rock provincialism that also frees "The Uninvited" from the PG-13 horror film ghetto. Just back home after a stint in the mental ward, Anna's sister lightens the mood with remarks like "better food, crazier people" and "while you were searching for your inner-psycho;" remarks that only a sister could make. While Anna and her sister uncover the truth about their mother's death, "The Uninvited" imbues the girls' sleuthing with an appealing lightness that conveys a shared history together; a life before their mother's home-care provider(Elizabeth Banks) tore the family apart. In one scene, while they sit in the tub, we can picture their younger selves, just like old times, in cahoots; we sense their intimacy, as they plot their next move against the evil girlfriend. Even though the stakes are raised, the Nancy Drew twins can still muster up a smile if there's occasion to, like when they find Rachael's vibrator. Such a display of teen spirit is more important than all the undead children you can cram under a stove. In recent horror films such as "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and "The Unborn", there's not a recognizable human being among them to be found. Alex(Arielle Kebbel) and especially Anna(Emily Browning), never feel like stock characters. It's the reason why this fatigued story has some giddy-up in its rote telling. Anna has Seoul. Expand
  5. May 29, 2011
    5
    The movie is not a horror movie, is an interesting thriller that hooks you until the end, it won't give you fear, at most a fright, but it'sThe movie is not a horror movie, is an interesting thriller that hooks you until the end, it won't give you fear, at most a fright, but it's still very good. The crowd likes movies much worse saying that is great. The big problem with this movie was playing guess in the face of the viewer all the time that her stepmother was bad, I can not remember if but... manipulate our thought. That thing to bet the killer, you know? The problem is that the film always pointed in the same direction, so the movie can give you a big surprise ending, which I guessed at parts, the other part that I didn't serve was really shocking... It's a great film, which suffers a lot yes, but worth being seen. I've watched this movie so many times coz I love it so much! Expand
  6. CL
    Feb 1, 2009
    5
    It had an unexpected ending but other than that it was alright.
  7. NickO
    May 23, 2009
    0
    I kinda... well... hated the ending sooo good till the end...(i realy wanted the older sister to live) i just preaty much hated the end i I kinda... well... hated the ending sooo good till the end...(i realy wanted the older sister to live) i just preaty much hated the end i mean you cant make that stuff up in your head. Expand

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