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...

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...

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...

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...

Ghoulishly Gruesome Yet Surprisingly Mundane.

By Alon Patterson
This one's for the bloodthirsty with short attention spans. There's nothing especially difficult to figure out in the plot, neither is anything missed should one jump up, run out to the popcorn...

Great sound design and creepy concept combine to provide some solid chills

By elemperador
Acting was reasonably sold. The fiction mythology is reasonably presented and works for the film. The sound design was excellent combining a chilling score with well directed sound fields (sounds...

Epically Frightening!!

By Swirv02
I honestly have not been this frightened since I was a kid watching Nightmare on Elm Street.... Such a well put together Horror film which is so very hard to come by these days. Extremely creepy,...


By crazy runner
I was skeptical to go see this movie. I am so glad I did. I am very hard to scare and ususally get bored and leave or fall asleep. This movie kept me interested from beginning to end....

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Rated R | For Some Terror and Disturbing Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Scary, intense horror film involves kids and murder.
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