75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This remake stays close to the eponymous 1979 horror movie it's based on, except for being precisely 10,000 times scarier.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Why remake a horror film if you can't make it scarier?
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50

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
The good news is the updated version is scarier than the original, thanks to snazzier special effects, a shorter running time, moody lighting, a few solid jolts and one icky moment involving a bratty babysitter and a closet. The bad news is the film rehashes every horror movie cliché you can imagine.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The truly shocking thing about the new version is that it's not bloody awful.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
With his beard and '70s clothes, Reynolds looks like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Before things go precipitously south, he gives an endearing performance that proves he's ready for far more substantial roles than Van Wilder.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Extraordinarily faithful to the spirit of that creaky, derivative, fly-infested, don't-go-in-the-attic boofest.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The latest cannibalization of a popular older horror film.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Result? It's not scary, just busy.
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25

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.
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33 out of 100
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