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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Lutz, who was a boy when his family fled the Long Island home, is full of belligerence in this chronicle of his family’s alleged run-in with a ghoulish home where a murder had occurred. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    The film is a tender character portrait rooted in deep curiosity and sympathy for its subject. show more

  • 91
    Drew Taylor The Playlist

    The results are a disturbing mixture of paranormal ghost story and psychological unease. show more

  • 70
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Whether it was all a haunting or a hoax is left unanswered, but the film leaves little doubt that Amityville's greatest source of evil was, fundamentally, parental in nature. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times

    The blurring of fact and fiction has been a part of the Amityville saga since it became public, but for Lutz there's no gray area in his memories, whose power is undiminished. show more

  • 50
    Rob Nelson Variety

    This documentary plays like an extended episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” deficient as it is in stylistic zeal, investigative spirit and plain old scares. show more

  • 30
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    These days, when paranormal-themed shows are all over television, Mr. Lutz sounds like just another guy peddling an unverifiable spooky story. show more

  • 50
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Walter has the case down cold and arrives at suitably ambiguous conclusions about terrors both real and suggested, but he gets there through a mix of dimly lit interviews and ominous underscoring that wouldn’t be out of place on an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries." show more

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