Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    Like last year's "Chronicle," here's another reminder that in the right hands found footage still has plenty of capacity to surprise.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2012
    60
    The problem with V/H/S, a compilation of sometimes scary horror shorts loosely bound by an overarching plot, is that, no matter how savage, evil or sadistic the killer, the victims almost always come off as bigger jerks.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 5, 2012
    50
    V/H/S comes across as a production that wants to be more than it is but, as they say, The Emperor has no clothes.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 5, 2012
    63
    The film also plays to the strengths of the found-footage format, proving that sometimes the scariest things are the ones you can barely see. For horror hounds, this is required viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 5, 2012
    75
    Scrappy and unsettling, V/H/S puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 4, 2012
    40
    Had V/H/S been a nasty jolt of three, it might have been memorable, but at nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out. Recommended cure: a tripod
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 4, 2012
    40
    A low-budget horror anthology with segments both ghastly and moronic.
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 4, 2012
    60
    Anthologies are risky. For every high point, there's often a misstep to match. But this indie compilation has enough inventive chills to interest any horror fan.
  9. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    Viewed en masse, V/H/S can't generate the necessary suspense, and buy-in, to truly get under your skin.
  10. 63
    No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 4, 2012
    100
    Most segments have a fair share of cheap scares, but they also delve into the art of the build-up, as if delivering a series of grim jokes with bloody punchlines. Consider it a 21st-century take on "Tales from the Crypt."
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    I'm not sure V/H/S is brilliant cinema or anything – indeed, I'm not sure it's appropriate to call it cinema at all – but it sure is an ingenious hybrid: part Godardian art film, part abstract video experiment, part sleazy shocker, and all self-castigating interrogation of what film-theory types call the "male gaze."
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 3, 2012
    75
    It also, in its best moments, makes horror out of the 21st-century obsession with self-documentation.
  14. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    25
    V/H/S is an example of the genre at its least compelling.
  15. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Oct 2, 2012
    50
    In too many of the shorts, bad acting quickly undermines the "authenticity" the aesthetics labor to achieve.
  16. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 2, 2012
    40
    It's too bad V/H/S starts off on such a high note. Mainly, the omnibus film feels undercooked, even on the grounds of its forced technological setup.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 29, 2012
    63
    An anthology of found-footage horror shorts that exudes, sometimes extraordinarily, a neophyte's sense of courage and cluelessness.
  18. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 29, 2012
    70
    Refreshingly, V/H/S promises no more than it delivers, always a plus with genre fare.
  19. 80
    Sure it's fun - and painful - but it's not thin.
  20. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 29, 2012
    83
    V/H/S delivers the thrills and chills craftily and with a better batting average than usual.
  21. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 29, 2012
    50
    The segments vary in quality and the whole overstays its welcome at nearly two hours.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    9
    This movie is definitely something extremely different from any other horror anthology that I've seen in a long time. A lot of really original stuff and some good scares from time to time. If you like genre bending stories then this is the movie for you. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    4
    No, it's not different from any other horror anthology. The only satisfaction is that all the annoying hipster victims get deserving deaths. The VHS stylization is a welcome change, and the effects look decent enough to be believable, but the whole film approaches a campy horror film than a snuff film. Full Review »
  3. Apr 17, 2014
    6
    Extremely fresh on the scares, definitely scarier than most of the found footage films. Although the plot remains unexplained and the camera work is sloppy, the movie delivers for the horror fans. 5.5/10 for me if judged fairly. 8.5/10 as a horror fan. Full Review »