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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    For her part, Lotz carries the load with such briskly efficient confidence, it's no surprise to learn that she's already got several more movies on the way. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The Pact demonstrates both why people respond to horror and why it's so routinely scorned. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Familiar elements such as a dark family secret, a ghost and a Ouija board start to seem trite after a while, and the third act is a little ridiculous, but debut writer-director Nicholas McCarthy does a lot with a little and seems fully prepared to handle a big-studio horror project. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away. show more

  • 60
    Paul Bradshaw Total Film

    It works hard, and the first half hour is textbook creepy, but the oldschool grab-bag of shocks struggles to jolt a dour script to life. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    Lotz's grudging fortitude provides enough engagement to let you overlook the cracks in the film's facade, but when she cedes the screen to Casper Van Dien's thick-witted police detective, all you can see are the gaps. show more

  • 40
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact is a horror film developed from a short, and unfortunately it splits apart while being stretched out to feature length. show more

  • 60
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch). show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    A musty ghost story that morphs into a sluggish serial-killer mystery, Nicholas McCarthy's film tries to distinguish itself by minimizing dialogue and settings, a stripped-down approach that extends to sketchy characters and a script rife with convenient, easy-to-assemble clues. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact. show more

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