The Stepfather
The Stepfather (2009)

A seemingly normal man wants the perfect family. When they don't measure up, he eliminates them and moves on to find his next perfect family.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This tepid remake of the 1987 cult classic lacks the tension and satirical undercurrents of the original.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

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.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

What a shame that the remake fell into the unwieldy hands of the same jokers responsible for last year's execrable Prom Night redo.

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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly

The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.

James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Horror remake has more tension than blood.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

Even by horror-remake standards, The Stepfather sets the bar for pointlessness.

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Perri Nemiroff

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
So much wrong with this movie. The characters do stupid things - like go outside and try and pull an umbrella out of the pool in a storm. Who would do that? And… More
Jim Careter
The plot is very interesting, don't get me wrong. But this movie wasn't scary at all, or even chilling. My little sister watched it and was scared… More
Unknown Hobo
Devestatingly boring and overplayed, this movie had little or no merit whatsoever. There is almost 0% blood, gore or indeed horror to this wannabe remake of a… More
♥Robyn M♥
This movie stars Terry OQuinn as Jerry Blake, an insurance real estate salesman who likes to move in with single mothers with children and is trying find the… More
Bethany Murphy
They have done this beautifully. Not too scary, but more heart pounding. You are always going to predict the ending in these sorts of films but you definitely… More
Jason Spencer
Not as good as the original. I think the story suffers from not having Dylan Walsh's character as smart as the main character in the original movie. He… More

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