The Uninvited

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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. 75
    The Uninvited is a flawed production, but gratifying in the way it delivers. The interesting and unique elements of the movie effectively compensate for the formulaic way in which the plot develops.
  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 horror flick The Uninvited is not unclever - but it is unoriginal.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    Poor remake of the Korean thriller.
  7. 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: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Jan 10, 2016
    10
    Absolutely loved this movie. The plot is fairly predictable at times, yes, but unless you've got a stick up your ass - which most people seemAbsolutely loved this movie. The plot is fairly predictable at times, yes, but unless you've got a stick up your ass - which most people seem to these days - the plot twist at the end of the movie makes it worthwhile. I'd love to watch something similar in the near future. Expand
  2. LindsayH.
    Feb 1, 2009
    10
    You think you know exactly what's going to happen but a twist in the story proves you oh-so wrong. I wasn't bored of this movie for You think you know exactly what's going to happen but a twist in the story proves you oh-so wrong. I wasn't bored of this movie for a minute- it keeps you on your toes. Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2013
    9
    "The Uninvited" is a really amazingly great horror-thriller, this is what I call dramatically disturbingly scary movie, every second is"The Uninvited" is a really amazingly great horror-thriller, this is what I call dramatically disturbingly scary movie, every second is enjoyable, from the beginning tell the end, perfect! 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. Mar 28, 2015
    5
    The Uninvited is interesting and suspenseful, but is brought down deep because of It's useless plot twists, predictable content, and aThe Uninvited is interesting and suspenseful, but is brought down deep because of It's useless plot twists, predictable content, and a disappointing conclusion. Expand
  6. EnzoP.
    Jul 15, 2009
    5
    Overall the movie was pretty fun to watch it kept me entertained throughout the whole movie. The ending I didn't like to much, I was Overall the movie was pretty fun to watch it kept me entertained throughout the whole movie. The ending I didn't like to much, I was expecting a better ending. So that backfired a lot for my rating. It was just way to much of a twist ending. Expand
  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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