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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Strangers has a couple of scares, but it's not anywhere near as frightening as advertised. The creepy folks of the title are more fumbling than fiendish."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A sadistic, unmotivated home-invasion flick."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Nothing gets the old heart pumping like the fear of home invasion, but you wouldn't know it by The Strangers, an utterly pointless portrait of domestic terror."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"An extremely effective claustrophobic horror picture that starts slow but ultimately provides us with plenty of suspense all the way through to its very dark ending."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"This suspense film by first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino initially squeezes some surprisingly effective scares out of familiar elements. Sadly, the scenario quickly becomes attenuated and unbelievable."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Don't let the attractive cast, the slick look or the 'inspired by true events' nonsense mislead you. The Strangers is a despicable and mean-spirited practical joke."
‑ , Ebert & Roeper
"Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Grinding and suffocating"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An effectively grim, exceedingly well-made horror thriller."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"At least it's short."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Kind of like what The Shining might be if you took out the ESP. And the ghosts. And the chilling atmosphere. So call it The Sucking."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"There?s no better feet-on-the-seat execution for the home-invasion genre than this. "The Strangers" twists the knife with scenes lasting a beat longer than normal to maximize dread and sound design excavating a hole in your cortex and nestling there."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Bryan Bertino's psycho-thriller gets the job done for nearly two-thirds of its length. But when it shows its hand, it folds."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Nerve-jangling horror flick that wrings maximum scares out of its simple premise, thanks to strong direction and superb performances from Speedman and Tyler."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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