The Invitation

critic Reviews

, 25% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Despite a very likable lead and a refreshingly light touch, The Invitation is ultimately too predictable to thrill as either a romance or a horror story.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    There’s no glitz or glamour to set it apart from the pack, and that’s ultimately [The Invitation's] demise.
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    Thompson relies way too heavily on cheap jump scares to put us on edge, which is a shame, because there’s enough atmosphere within the film’s initial mystery.
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    Jude DryindieWire
    Part inert bodice-ripper, part vampire Cinderella story, its mixed themes could have benefitted from a purer bloodline.
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    Carlos AguilarTheWrap
    But beyond one somewhat gory scene of a throat being slit (which is in the trailer), there’s little in the way of shocking or rather terrifying sequences.
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    Natalia WinkelmanNew York Times
    For a fright-fest as broad as this one, there’s an awful lot of banal dialogue, and the scare patterns are repetitive enough that even the easiest startlers (I count myself among them) grow immune early on.
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    Joe LeydonVariety
    Despite some ambitious efforts to revitalize hoary horror movie tropes with allegorical commentary on race, class and male privilege, “The Invitation” is too wearyingly hackneyed for too much of its running time.
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    Ruben Peralta RigaudCocalecas
    Loses on all counts by offering neither an effective genre film – the horror in it is zero – nor a thematically complex work. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    An unimaginative Dracula-inspired horror tale told in a gothic style concerning issues over race and class.
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    Dominic GriffinLooper.com
    At times "The Invitation" feels like someone wrote, "what if Prince Harry was a vampire" on a whiteboard and called it a day.
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    Erik ChildressMovie Madness Podcast
    Tries to play the long game of a slow burn which offers more opportunities to consider loopholes in the rules followed by the evil handsome used to ensnare our heroine. Slowly.
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