50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The minimalist style keeps the suspense warm. The movie is unusual among teen horror flicks in that it largely avoids the usual cheap thrills and bursts of scare music. Instead, it carefully repeats isolated images and sound bites until they take on a shivery power.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
London-born director Asif Kapadia's second feature, following 2001's critically acclaimed "The Warrior," is a slow, low-key supernatural thriller whose story is too slender to justify its feature-length running time.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While Adam Sussman's screenplay can be admired for its emphasis on subtle atmospherics rather than cheap scares, it is a gimmicky slog of an affair that lacks narrative coherence or strong focus.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
A welcome antidote to most of the crap that for passes today for horror and other supernaturally themed movies.
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40

Empire

A large step backwards for a promising director and far from the return we'd been hoping for.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Since Adam Sussman's script is as lazy as Asif Kapadia's direction is disjointed, nothing ever makes sense, even after the anticlimatic explanation is revealed.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Sarah Michelle Gellar is not faring well as a horror-movie scream queen. Gone are the attitude, wit and verve she used to routinely display in the title role of TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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