Barbarian

critic Reviews

, 92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Smart, darkly humorous, and above all scary, Barbarian offers a chilling and consistently unpredictable thrill ride for horror fans.
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    Tim GriersonScreen International
    Much like the luckless main characters, audiences will be left off-balance by "Barbarian," an inventive, nerve-shredding horror film whose greatest shock is its unpredictability.
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    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    Cregger takes a simple premise and spins it into a series of unexpected permutations. Some tropes work better than others, but we’ll give him credit for inventiveness.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    Cregger started off a sketch comic, co-founding The Whitest Kids You Know, but knows exactly how to conjure up dread, utilize jump scares, and play the tension-and-release-and-oh-hey-here’s-even-more-tension game that characterize best-in-show creepfests.
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    Kelly McClureSalon.com
    What Barbarian offers, in addition to a full runtime of unexpectedly horrifying imagery mixed with surprising twists, is the chance for all of us to reflect on who could potentially show up as anti-character witnesses at our own good samaritan trials.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Offers a solid 100 minutes of jump scares, plot twists, and things that go bump in the night.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Barbarian is a leap of faith. It lets the viewer in slowly, before trapping them in a damp and dingy bunker of exploitive fright that’s almost impossible to escape.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    It probably works best for viewers who like their horror tales dark, perverse and violent.
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    Jenn AdamsStrong Female Antagonist
    With a seemingly endless series of twists and turns, each as dark as the cavernous hallway at its center, Barbarian manages to be both a terrifying mystery and one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences of the year.
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    Mark McPhersonFilm Inquiry
    This is the perfect type of film for the horror fan burnt out on high-minded horror and is thirsty for something willing to try something more unhinged.
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    Murjani RawlsSubstream Magazine
    How comfortable do you feel heading to that Airbnb reservation? Did that question prompt you to panic and double down to read through your upcoming host’s reviews? Well, Barbarian might inject a bit of anxiety the next time you do so.
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