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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    H20 is the second-best entry into the series, and, although it's nowhere close to the level established by Carpenter's classic, it avoids the excesses that ruin many would-be horror movies. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    He can take a licking and keep on slicing. In the latest Halloween movie, he absorbs a blow from an ax, several knife slashes, a rock pounded on the skull, a fall down a steep hillside and being crushed against a tree by a truck. Whatever he's got, mankind needs it. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's campy fun, but if you've seen the previous sequels, the plot grows tiresome and lacks shock value. show more

  • 25
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Steve Miner is no Carpenter. A directing veteran of the Friday the 13th saga (parts II and III, in case you care), he's a plodder who favours long, dull buildups to short, dull climaxes -- it's slaughter by the numbers. show more

  • NA
    San Francisco Examiner

    Unfortunately, the contemporary horror movie has ceased being an individual work full of surprises and fresh manifestations of the Gothic imagination - it has, instead, been reduced to the level of an inflexible, repetitious, ritualistic event. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This efficient fright machine features a knowing cameo by Curtis's mom -- "Psycho's" Janet Leigh -- a couple of bloody good scares and a genuinely affecting performance from Curtis. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    Director Steve Miner, on board because Carpenter passed, made two of the early Friday The 13th sequels and manages the business of the sudden knee-jerk shocks with ease, realising (as the previous sequels didn't) that Halloween movies are supposed to be scary not violent. show more

  • 40
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    BRILLIANT and WITTY. Those are two words that will not be used to described this film. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Miner strives to imbue the film with the requisite autumnal haze of the original but then gives up midway through and instead resorts to the standard stalk 'n' slash formulas. show more

similar movies

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

  • Halloween (1978)

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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