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  • Summary: When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last. (Magnolia Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    25
    V/H/S is an example of the genre at its least compelling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    This found footage movie is amazingly awesome and spectacular! It is not perfect but its imperfections barely make this movie unwatchable. It has fun scares, creepiness, and gross-out disturbing imagery. It is only entertaining and a must watch for horror fans. Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2013
    9
    This movie has all the right creep-factor going on, while avoiding slipping into torture porn territory. It's an anthology, with the stories all having significantly different tone. The acting might not be the best in the world, but none of it noticeably bad, and you never get pulled into disbelief due to someone not delivering their part well. By the nature of the stories being anthologies, each gets in, sets itself up, and delivers in a pleasantly timely fashion. Expand
  3. Jul 5, 2013
    8
    Fun, shocking and jaw-dropping. V/H/S does have it's flaws; such as some segments being not as good as others, some bad acting and plenty of horror cliches. But it is one hell of a found footage film and is probably one of the better ones released this year. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    7
    A surprisingly solid film. All though all of the parts of the anthology were not created equally several of the stories were very well done and contained surprising twists. The special effects in the film were also quite impressive. The main flaw with he movie however is the modern timeline that is used when setting up the film. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2013
    5
    this was an interesting movie. This had plenty of interesting stories.

    I would have given this an 8 or 9. However, the first person
    perspective was terrible. The shaking cam turned me off. I would have turned of the movie, but my girlfriend wanted to finish. The perspective killed the great action. Too much shaking and wondering what was showing the frame.

    I hope that the sequel doesn't film in the same way. You can have a first person perspective without the shaky camera work.
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  7. Mar 14, 2013
    4
    Besides the first story the rest were pointless. V/H/S is not the worst horror movie of the year, but the gimmick in this movie doesn't make the movie better. Expand

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