75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Even though the ending is inescapable (and therefore predictable), that does little to diminish its effectiveness.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
And then there is Vincent D'Onofrio, as a university professor of the occult and mythological, who opens up a line of possibility that eventually saves the ending from being a red herring. Yes, the ending is horrifying, but I don't believe in that stuff. I'm pretty sure I don't.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Occasionally stupid (stretching even fright-flick conventions) but scary nonetheless, the picture should please horror fans.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The clichés are still clichés. They've just been renovated.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.
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50

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Here's the thing: Found footage is scary when - because - it leaves you to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. But actually watching whole families have terrible things done to them - well, hard-core horror fans may dig it, I guess. I'd call it forced voyeurism of the worst sort.
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
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40

New York Daily News

Ridiculous, and never scary, and with the worst ghost makeup in the history of the horror genre, Sinister is enjoyable, even funny at times. Most amusing might be watching Hawke play a character willing to do anything to regain his fame.
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53 out of 100
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