Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Winding up the tension to an almost stubborn degree, Ti West forestalls the inevitable disappointment of its release, a blow that's further softened by how immaculately the whole movie is shot.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Wide-eyed Sara Paxton and hipster-bespectacled Pat Healy play the joint's only two employees, working each other into a lather of what turns out to be well-founded hysteria. Kelly McGillis is a surprise treat as a grouchy medium.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Will The Innkeepers be enough for the young folk? These days there's little middle ground between the determined lack of gore in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and the determined overabundance offered by so much else. West works in that No Man's Land, intelligently.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Ghost movies like this, depending on imagination and craft, are much more entertaining than movies that scare you by throwing a cat at the camera.
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By Michelle Orange
Without a strong story to dance with, all of those fabulous tracking shots, lovingly uncanny art direction details and flickering shafts of light can make The Innkeepers feel more like an exercise in craft than a scary movie.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
West's throwback style and disdain for excess allows his characters to shine.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The result is a largely entertaining picture with too few (and late-arriving) scares to satisfy the multiplex crowd, but one that will please many die-hard genre aficionados.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The humor and chops are there, but the story isn't quite.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A well-shot but generically dull disappointment.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
For too long, this movie asks us to be interested in something that rarely in the history of the service industry has been sustainably entertaining: how dull certain jobs can be.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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