75

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
Like "Cat People", The Banshee Chapter is both elegant and terrifying.
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70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Proving the “Paranormal Activity” formula can still work when used with canny restraint, Erickson achieves good results with long, eerie found-footage takes that end in jolts.
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65

Film.com

By Laremy Legel
Where The Banshee Chapter thrives is the overwhelming claustrophobia of the film.
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63

Slant Magazine

Director Blair Erickson surely has style to burn, even if he oftentimes betrays his atmospheric shorthand and gets cold feet at the most inopportune moments.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Blair Erickson’s inventive low-budget horror film doesn’t fully live up to its provocative premise, and its extensive use of the found-footage style gives it an all too familiar feel. But it offers some genuine scares along the way, as well as a terrific performance by the ever-reliable Ted Levine.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that Banshee delivers are check-the-locks scary.
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58

The A.V. Club

By A.A. Dowd
Blending supernatural hokum with real horrors of U.S. history — namely, the MKUltra experiments performed by the CIA in the 1950s — The Banshee Chapter superficially resembles some lost episode of "The X-Files."
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62 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.