The Stepfather Synopsis
A young man (Penn Badgley) suspects that his mother's new lover (Dylan Walsh) is up to no good.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Tthe film is all of a piece, a handsome, thoughtfully crafted production that generates a mounting terror securely anchored by assured...
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McCormick's Stepfather boasts a decent script by J.S. Cardone, but it seems to have been made in a bubble, as if nothing had transpired in...
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Chicago Reader

Whereas the 1987 horror hit The Stepfather was top-notch drive-in fare, this perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As such things go, it’s not bad: slick and proficient, The Stepfather 2.0 gets the adrenaline pumping, but the original has the brains.
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L.A. Weekly

The kickoff is good -- the finale effectively literalizes the expression “broken home” -- but director Nelson McCormick doesn’t keep things...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A clumsy remake of the 1987 cult thriller.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The trouble with the movie, apart from its rather monotonous dourness of tone, is that everyone in the family, especially the...
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Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
A dull, plodding remake.
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By snoozie09
I enjoyed this movie. It had me guessing throughout. I was on the edge of my seat quite a few times. The ending was a surprise, not what I was expecting at all. I was very pleased. As a matter of...

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By shoesandsocks
Very scary- i a suspenseful kind of way. Even when you knew what was coming- it got you! Several times everyone in the theater (weekday, so only about 20) jumped simultaneously. Constant adreneline...

Don't bother seeing this movie.

By jsimants
This had to be the dumbest movies ever. I can't believe we choose this one to see. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a comedy or a horror flick, yet the plot was predictable every step of...

good movie

By movielver89
I really liked this movie becasue it was very suspensful and it really makes you think about people you dont really know lol. It was crazy and kept you guessing the whole time and it didnt have a...

The Nip Tuck guy did good!

By smizraim
I am not so sure why this movie has not been rated higher, because it is an excellent film. Yes these type of stories have been done several times before, but hasn't everything else in Hollywood? The...

An enjoyable popcorn movie :)

By punkfangrl4
This movie is not as scary as it seems. But I suppose that depends on your opinion, seeing as my friend was near scared tears... This movie is slightly similar to Disturbia. There is a mysterious man...

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By Jan1028
I liked the movie - the casting was good and the actors were very good. I found that the fact that it had no gratitous violence - blood only where there had to be blood - to be refreshing and it...

Would have said soso..

By lovestalentmoviefan
...if it wasnt for what i thought some moviemakers and actors were finally getting smart about. And that is being so scared the script,dialogue etc wasnt good enough that they had to have young...

One of the worst films you'll ever see.

By theredraylives

Great Suspense!

By c560bra1
This movie was excellent! I was a little leary on seeing it at first because of the bad reviews received by my peers, however, I am glad I checked it out for myself. I went with my teen daughter...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality.
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