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The horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family's vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on Feb. 11, 2005, are still not entirely known. Champagne. Rose petals. Candlelight. It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Kristen McKay and James Hoyt. But, after leaving a friend's wedding reception and returning to the house, everything had collapsed for the happy couple. Then came a 4 a.m. knock on the door and a haunting voice. "Is Tamara here?" "The Strangers" is a terrifying suspense thriller about a couple whose remote getaway becomes a place of terror when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"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,
"But I guess it's just hard for a movie about characters with bags on their heads to have any real teeth."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"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,
"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
"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
"Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy."
‑ Ali Gray,
"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
"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
"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
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