The Strangers: Chapter 1

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, 21% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Lacking the chilling suspense of the original The Strangers and proving to be just unpleasant, this Chapter 1 closes the book on itself.
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    Elizabeth WeitzmanTime Out
    As for the strangers, all they need to be is terrifying, a task at which they consistently excel. Just make sure to stay through the credits. That is, if you haven’t already rushed home to bolt the doors.
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    Kristy PuchkoMashable
    Personally, nihilistic horror hits me as more unpleasant and depressing than engagingly scary. Such bleakness bleeds out tension, making for a remake that is merciless but also exhaustingly familiar.
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    Matt SchimkowitzAV Club
    The Strangers no longer looks like something that can happen to anyone, but rather something that can only happen to someone in a Strangers movie.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The original was a tightly wound nail biter, full of looming dread, but this one runs on fumes: there's no tension or atmosphere, just recycled beats from the original, played like a cheap cover song.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    Once we're able to see Harlin's new trilogy as a whole, “Chapter 1” might feel more essential to the 4.5-hour experience. Right now, it just feels overly familiar.
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    Valerie ComplexDeadline Hollywood Daily
    The Strangers: Chapter 1 is everything WRONG with the horror genre.
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    Calum CooperMovies We Texted About
    The Strangers: Chapter 1 simply doesn’t work. It doesn’t work as a prologue, as its own story, as a redundant horror, or even as a piece of voyeuristic savagery.
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    Randy MeeksEspinof
    A home invasion that doesn't want to surprise, but doesn't want to provoke either... and whose result is predictably dull. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Luis Martínez El Mundo (Spain)
    Everything new is, by necessity, old for the same reason that the present is nothing more than the past. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Miguel Ángel RomeroCinemanía (Spain)
    A film full of horror clichés and unable to shine on its own. [Full review in Spanish]
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