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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) Expand
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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: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. Jun 8, 2013
    7
    Strongest segments- 10/31/98, Tuesday the 17 th, Amateur Night.
    Weakest Segments- Tape 56(Wraparound), The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily
    When she was younger, Second Honeymoon.

    Enjoyable fun. Creepy, funny but ultimately uneven. One-time watch.
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  5. Jun 17, 2013
    6
    This is a movie that is extremely different than other horror movies, it is chilling and scary, at the same time it gets funny but ridiculous, the story is unexplained a lot, it is just a group of people, who broke into an abandoned house to steal a V/H/S tape, but they find collection of tapes and they start watching them, the tapes are wired and way too different, it is like short horror stories, and while they are watching them, scary things happen around them, things change, this movie is a good horror, but if you are looking for an explanation and detailed plot this isn't one of this explained movies, you just watch and enjoy, and yes, change your pants form one tape to another. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    5
    V/H/S takes a completely different spin on the horror genre with multiple episodic plots loosely connected through the findings of VHS tapes. Though extremely dated, even for its release date I may add, the concept is refreshing in comparison to other "found footage" pieces of the past few years. Though several of the episodic plots are legitimately scary, inventive, and suspenseful, others seem to be thrown together to make V/H/S a feature length film. Had the plots connected in a more rewarding way, the main story line been explained more fully, and the question of "why?" been addressed the film would succeed on all fronts.

    Story discrepancies aside, the acting is decent for low budget performers, special effects are simple yet stunning, and the use of perspective is appropriately and creatively used. For those interested in the horror genre this is an interesting watch. The payoff falls short, but the individual stories are worth a view.
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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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