50

The Hollywood Reporter

The whole fear-of-obese-hillbillies device is starting to smell as stale as Leatherface's playroom. Does this horror trend simply reflect a national fear, as giant radioactive ants personified the Bomb in the 1950s? If so, maybe it's time for us all to go on a diet; America needs fresh fodder for its boogeymen.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
A lot more enjoyable if you can leave your cognitive skills at the door.
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50

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
"The Beginning" is a better movie than the 2003 remake, even if the plot is understandably similar. There are only so many ways hapless teens can get brutally slaughtered, after all, but Liebesman and company keep things appropriately creepy, right down to aping the look of the 1974 original.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Misses everything that made the first one eat into your spine like meningitis.
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38

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Who will survive and what will be left of them? If you don't have a pretty good idea, this is not the movie for you. If you do, rest assured you've seen it all before.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Just another trip down a very dusty road.
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25

Boston Globe

The new prequel isn't really a slasher movie at all. It's a mess, with too much to say, and an odd genre in which to preach.
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25

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
If watching people having their faces cut off, getting their legs amputated and having their throats tenderly slit is your idea of a horrific good time, you'll certainly get your money's worth here.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

Unlike "Hostel" or "Wolf Creek," TCM:B is rank and depressing.
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0

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Putridly written, directed and acted.
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29 out of 100
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