Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    Adam Wingard's You're Next brazenly merges the home-invasion thriller with the dysfunctional family dramedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 21, 2013
    83
    It's so deliciously twisted, it will make you walk out of the theater feeling like you just endured a grueling, giddy workout.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 10, 2013
    83
    The filmmakers have crafted seriously derivative fun that plays like "Scream" molded with "Cabin Fever" in the twisted universe of "Final Destination." It's a familiar ride, but a relentlessly wild one as well.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Aug 26, 2013
    80
    While it doesn’t defy genre conventions like "Cabin In The Woods," Wingard’s tale of a dysfunctional family under siege is an outrageously entertaining crowd-pleaser — if you have the stomach for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Aug 24, 2013
    80
    Funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying, You’re Next doesn’t rip up the rulebook but it’s definitely read it. If all horror comedies were this good we’d be laughing – and squirming.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Adam Wingard’s You’re Next strays just enough from formula to tweak our jaded appetites. That it does so without spraying the gore to geyserlike excess says a great deal about Mr. Wingard’s sensibility.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 21, 2013
    80
    The surprisingly adept mixture of tones — naturalism, dysfunctional family satire, winking slasher nostalgia, twisty vengeance thriller — is offbeat enough to keep even hardened connoisseurs of body-count entertainment on their toes.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Nothing here is new, but you can’t call expert craft like this warmed-over. Solidly satisfying with ruthless forward momentum, the film plays like a minor triumph.
  9. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    You're Next streamlines the gory stuff for something truly shocking: good characters. Not deep, mind you. But characters who are crayoned in bright enough that they're interesting even while alive.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Mar 29, 2013
    80
    An energetic mix of Scream-like dark comedy, senseless violence, satisfying surprises, and good old-fashioned mayhem
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 28, 2013
    78
    Wingard’s film is its own subset of fractious family crazy.
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Aug 23, 2013
    75
    You’re Next benefits from skilled script-keepers.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 23, 2013
    75
    Like [The Purge and The Conjuring], Adam Wingard’s sly, diabolical, and oddly moral You’re Next draws on the home invasion/haunted house scenario, but outclasses them with its wit, irony, and technically proficient terror.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Bloody horror flicks need not be anemic when it comes to intelligence. The victims of You’re Next, as well as their slaughterers, are reasonably smart and resourceful. Their clash may not be as nasty as the battles of academia, but there’s a lot more common sense involved.
  15. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 21, 2013
    75
    Written by Simon Barrett, another purveyor of micro-budget carnage, You’re Next boasts a sometimes-uneasy blend of comedy and horror.
  16. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 29, 2013
    75
    Barrett and Wingard are clever filmmakers, but unlike many modern day horror directors, their cleverness never gets in the way. There's an earnestness to the entertainment in You're Next that is truly admirable, and at the end of the day it's a super enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.
  17. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Turns out You’re Next isn’t a slave to horror-movie conventions after all — rather, it’s having tongue-in-cheek fun with conventions while playing up to them, complete with a killer retro ’80s-horror synth score and a gruesome finale that recalls the excess of Peter Jackson’s “Dead Alive.”
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    Though essentially a straight-faced horror film, You’re Next also taps into a rich vein of black comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mar 29, 2013
    70
    You’re Next is fairly light on psychological and narrative complexity, but it’s still a good cut above the slasher norm, with a firm grasp on visceral action and the wisdom to place tongue slightly in cheek when things go further over the top.
  20. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 22, 2013
    67
    Just as I was starting to think of it as a “motiveless psychos terrorize rich family” movie (a la “The Purge”), it gave me good reasons to watch.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 23, 2013
    63
    The surprise is how effective Wingard is at keeping the atmosphere jumpy and tense. And you can't help rooting for Erin, who could win Survivor if she went on the show. Vinson's take-charge performance is the life of this badass party. When you're ducking in your seat, it's nice to have someone to root for.
  22. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 22, 2013
    63
    Character development and plotting are rudimentary, though the tongue-in-cheek never gets dislodged while the body count rises.
  23. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Aug 22, 2013
    63
    Targeted toward horror-film junkies looking for a terror throwback, You’re Next mixes gore and dark humor with yet another home invasion plot line.
  24. 63
    The frights are passable, the foreshadowing (extreme close-ups of nails being pounded through boards, etc.) telling and the humor — sick as it is — quite funny.
  25. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Aug 27, 2013
    60
    A solid watch for gore fans.
  26. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 19, 2013
    60
    In the absence of sympathetic characters, a little humor would have gone a long way here.
  27. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Aug 22, 2013
    58
    Although there's a twist in this tale, most of it is stuff we've seen before. And Wingard doesn't think of a new way to show it.
  28. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 22, 2013
    50
    The latest genre exercise from slasher-flick prodigy Adam Wingard (“A Horrible Way to Die”) is at times bloodily entertaining. And if the central plot twist isn’t all that clever, at least the movie offers some motivation for its mayhem.
  29. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 22, 2013
    40
    Combining the dysfunctional family reunion and the home invasion thriller, You’re Next tries, somewhat valiantly, to add new twists to the usual bloody horror-flick shenanigans. But aside from a few fresh chords, it’s same-old, same-old.
  30. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 22, 2013
    38
    A film of repetition, a bloody dance consisting of three steps: stab, scream, repeat.
  31. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 26, 2013
    30
    Maybe, in another time and place, and with different actors and a better director, it might have worked. But this thing collapses right from the get-go.
  32. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 22, 2013
    25
    You’re Next is built on such an enormous pile of guff, it’s practically insulting.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 62
  2. Negative: 12 out of 62
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    0
    “It’s a piece of s*** that, from a distance probably looks like a chocolate bar, but when you get closer, you got to come to the terms of fact that this is a f****** piece of s***.”

    – Brad “The Cinema Snob” Jones
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  2. Aug 23, 2013
    9
    One of the better horror flicks I've seen in recent years. I've gotten so tired of these tepidly scary occult flicks like The Conjuring, The Haunting, and even the new Evil Dead. This is a good old fashioned horror thriller, with a nice mix of extreme gore, humor, excitement, irrationality (which morphs into plotty rationality), and some great cheesy/throwback horror music. The lead actress is fantastic. And I was pleasantly surprised to see Amy Seimetz in the cast. (She should be in every movie, huh?) Can't say much more without revealing the plot. Guaranteed, you will leave the theater with a certain song stuck in your head....At least that's all that will be stuck there. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    You're Next is a brilliant horror movie.It's smart, clever and stylish. It's a breath of fresh air among all the terrible slasher movies out there nowadays. It doesn't quite revolutionize the slasher genre, but it is definitely a strong comeback. Shari Vinson was magnificent as Erin. She is definitely one of the greatest horror movie leading ladies of all time. She was smart, fierce and an all around bad-ass. The other characters are pretty shallow, spoiled and two dimensional but when you see this movie you'll understand how it's makes up for this little flaw. While the movie contained some jump scares, overall it wasn't scary, but that's pretty much standard for a slasher film. But what it lacks in scares it makes up tenfold in the gore department. This film is a roller coaster of carnage and it does so with finesse and panache and features one of the greatest horror movie deaths of all time. This film was getting major hype way before it premiered and by God, it delivers with intensity and ferocity that needs to be experienced way more than once. Full Review »