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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, 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
    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
    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 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    One 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. LindsayH.
    Feb 1, 2009
    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
    "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. TDKinDallas
    Feb 8, 2009
    If you don't see it in the theater then make sure you catch it on dvd. Pretty cool flick that makes you think you know what is going on and you want to yell at the characters for doing the stupidest things and then at the end your like, ohhhh....that's what was going on! The only problem is that now I need to re-watch it so that I can see if the story holds water when you know what's going on........and I will be waiting for dvd to do that. Expand
  5. MD
    Jan 30, 2009
    It had an interesting story, but a really unexpected ending.
  6. May 29, 2011
    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'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
  7. NickO
    May 23, 2009
    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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