Sinister Synopsis
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home.
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By James Berardinelli
Even though the ending is inescapable (and therefore predictable), that does little to diminish its effectiveness.
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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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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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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...
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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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Boston Globe

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

By Scott Bowles
Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
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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...
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Sinister ... a tad better then what weve had lately for horror

By Darkola
I've read alot of reviews for this movie, talking about the scares throughout, and as I did jump a few times, the scares are more of the surprise scares, noises mostly, and to be honest, most of them...

I usually don't get scared and this one makes you jump.

By Sabres24
Very good movie, not one of those short normal horror flicks where everyone dies and it just ends. Really freaky movie and I wouldn't suggest sleeping alone after watching it. Id rate it 8/10! I...

Better than expected!

By raginggemini7
I was pleased that there was actually a story. Most horror movies lack that. Plenty of startling moments to keep your heart rate up. My Mom & I see nearly every horror/suspense movie and we both...

Loved it!

By Kathleen150
This movie is nothing that you expect it to be! It had me jumping out of my seat at times and has an unexpected ending! If you like a good thriller/horror like I do i recommend seeing this!...

Dark and Jumpy

By ShortieSally
Sinister is one of those movies that make you wonder "how can somebody come up with such disturbing ways to kill somebody?" in almost a Saw kind of way. It is less of a gore-fest than Saw would be,...


By jokernpeant
Me and my hubby went to see this movie, it took a little while to get to the dramatic and scary parts but when it did O.M.G. i couldn't stop covering my eyes!! It was a great movie, the theatre was...

If your not a fan of being scared...dont go..because Sinister WILL MAKE YOU JUMP OUT OF UR SEAT!!!

By VanMan99
If its true u loose yrs of life after a sudden scare then I'm 10 yrs older now, lol. My wife and I love horror films and not the cheesy, unrealistic sort either. We give most Horror flicks a chance...

Excellent horror flick!

By peanut1181
I highly recommend seeing this flick. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the film. It has just the right amount of genuine, slow-building creepitude (yes, I said creeipitude!) mixed...

eery little flick

By slthomas1
This movie has gotten a lot of so-so ratings from viewers. I can't understand why. I'm a horror movie buff, and this little flick was quite enjoyable. However, I don't watch horror movies in an...

Sinister Review

By msindepblkwmn
For this movie to be rated R, I thought it would be more scarier, although it had bloody scenes. It wasn't scary at all. I guess from the previews I was hoping it was scary and gory. The movie was...

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Rated R | For Some Terror and Disturbing Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Scary, intense horror film involves kids and murder.
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