San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
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By Ian Buckwalter
A horror-movie attic sale is, in essence, exactly what Cabin in the Woods is, an attempt to exorcise the genre of its formulaic possession by stuffing the movie full of its most overused and predictable elements - and then dumping them through clever skewering.
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Cabin in the Woods does what "Scream" only halfway managed, which was to find something new by looking back at the familiar - and at least in Whedon's world, the geeky ones are never first on the chopping block.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Cabin is a deliciously devious scare dance that keeps changing the steps until you lose your shit and fall helplessly into its demonic traps.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie balances nicely on the edge of meta-horror, with characters breaking free of their assigned roles (in more ways than one) and monkey-wrenching the very urban legend they're dying to get out of.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are particularly funny in their middle-management roles.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The initial brilliance of the premise is eventually dulled by illogic, the whole thing proves unmanageable and the filmmakers unmanage their climactic revelation with far more zest than finesse. Still, zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie's biggest surprise may be that the story we think we know from modern scary cinema - that horror is a fun, cosmic game, not much else - here turns out to be pretty much the whole enchilada.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Effects work is slick, and Goddard keeps his foot on the accelerator with help from David Julyan's suspense-building score. It's just too bad the movie is never much more than a hollow exercise in self-reflexive cleverness that's not nearly as ingenious as it seems to think.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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