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  • Summary: When David (Wilson) and Amy Fox's (Beckinsale) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them... until they discover that the low-budget slasher movies they're watching were all filmed in the very room they're sitting in. With hidden cameras now aimed at them... trapping them in rooms, crawlspaces, underground tunnels... and filming their every move, David and Amy must struggle to get out alive before whomever is watching them can finish their latest masterpiece. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. It's a sordid but expert shocker.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Stylish and surprisingly effective thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    Antal smartly adheres to the no-frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore. And Wilson and Beckinsale superbly execute everything that's required of their characters--namely, yelling and running.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Vacancy could have been some sort of satirical masterpiece had this whole scenario been finally revealed as an extreme form of couple's therapy designed to get Beckinsale and Wilson back together.
  5. While the sadism doesn't stoop -- rise? -- to the level of the "Saw" horror-thrillers, Vacancy does have a name cast.
  6. It is a fairly routine exercise in New Millennium movie mayhem.
  7. This is a no-cable, no-wake-up-call, cash-only dump of a film, where you breathe through a hankie and bring your own Lysol.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    Vacancy is an intense thriller with stylish scares and visuals. Vacancy will surprise you and captivate
    you with its refreshing style and
    plot. One of the best thrillers in years. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2014
    Vacancy is a phenomenal thriller that is among the best of recent thrillers. Vacancy is as good as Phone
    Booth, Identity, Orphan, Drag Me To
    Hell, Stoker and American Psycho. The movie has constant thrills,
    twists and ingenuity. The opening credits and closing credits are also artfully done. The credits suit
    the style of the movie, A+.
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    Vacancy has very stylish suspense. The movie will have you on the edge of your seat until the finale.
    The movie has many scenes where you
    can't predict the next scene. The suspense is very intense
    given that most of the movie takes place at the motel. Usually the best thrillers work in one location,
    or when the characters are confined to somewhere and they have to escape. Vacancy is a perfect
    example of this type of suspense.
  4. Mar 10, 2012
    Was actually pretty good. The cast was solid, The story was interesting. Its a good suspensful movie that is well worth the watch imo. I really liked it. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2014
    Vacancy is horrific, as well as scary, violent, and mysterious. It was okay, I'll say that. I had no complaints with this film but to me-- this film was just okay. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2011
    Good acting, good pacing, well filmed and an interesting idea. Not that memorable though, I mean its not the kind of film you're gonna watch over and over again, or even twice. I'm only watching it again now as it happens to be on TV and I'm wondering why it doesn't blow me away. I think it's because it's so far fetched. View to a kill's starting now on another channel and I'll be switching over. Vacancy is THAT kind of movie Expand
  7. Aug 23, 2010
    Unhappy couple get lost taking a short cut, car breaks down, stay at a motel in the middle of nowhere, strange owner, etc
    It sort of tries to
    be a bit Hitchcock-esque with the torture genre thrown in but just comes out as a predictable, cliched nonsense of a film which is very thin on ideas & originality.
    Shame really because I quite like Luke Wilson.

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