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A self-assured Midwestern girl finds her confidence gradually crumbling as a barrage of terrifying visions prompt her to investigate a brutal murder in a supernatural thriller directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Joanna Mills (Gellar) is a successful sales representative for a local trucking company, and though her professional life is at an all-time high, her personal life couldn't be any more troubling at the moment. Estranged from her father (Sam Shepard) and menacingly stalked by an obsessive ex-boyfriend (Adam Scott), Joanna feels all alone in the world as her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adam Sussman's script is so thin you can see right through it."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This murky psychological horror effort is not likely to inspire a return."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This low-key supernatural thriller, illogical as it is, offers a brief respite from the gruelling Saws and Hostels of the world."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Too polished to be truly creepy, The Return has more than enough atmosphere to keep you watching - but nowhere near enough mystery."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Austerely directed but shamelessly dry, uneventful and derivative."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"It's gripping stuff and deeply enjoyable."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Time-killer chiller reps an undistinguished U.S. debut for U.K. helmer Asif Kapadia, though the undernourished script may be most at fault."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Built from spare parts left over by American remakes of Japanese copies of "Ringu", "The Return" is at least two steps removed from the first generation copy."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"The Return is a slow burn that's often way too slow, feeling stretched to meet a running time that's still under 90 minutes."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Stick to vampires, Buffy."
‑ Aaron Lupton, Rue Morgue Magazine
"Mellow -- nay, snoozy -- atmospherics trump actual scares, and it makes almost zero sense."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's just a dull, mediocre, and forgettable supernatural drama with wooden performances from its entire cast..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"a low point in the on-going battle to scare U.S. teens from their allowances"
‑ Keith Breese,
"[The Return] isn't creepy enough to really work properly and there's an over-reliance on sudden soundtrack noises in place of actual scares."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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