The Stepfather
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised bastard step-child: over-plotted, over-long, and stripped of the original's sharp, satirical subversion of suburban family values."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel, and not just because the humdrum cast is composed of network and cable B-listers."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"What a shame that the remake fell into the unwieldy hands of the same jokers responsible for last year's execrable Prom Night redo."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Any subtlety or implicit social satire to be found in Joseph Ruben's original went out with the last neighborhood trash pickup. Too bad the service was canceled before it could haul away this waste-of-time remake. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly
"This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Horror remake has more tension than blood."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"There's mayhem all over the place and not a policeman, or much logic, in sight. Watchable nonsense, with performances better than the story deserves."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"That last stormy night of violence should be the shocker. Giving away his ruthlessness in earlier killings robs the movie of it its payoff as it saps the climax of much of its power."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Even by horror-remake standards, The Stepfather sets the bar for pointlessness."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The genre has diverged into two paths: the brutally gruesome and the suspenseful. This is going for the latter, which would have been fine if it were in fact thrilling."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Nelson McCormick is ridiculously lax with inventive or plausible staging: it's the kind of movie where a door can't open without thunderclaps and the bad guy flinging himself into the frame."
‑ , Daily Telegraph
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