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  • 30
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As such things go, it’s not bad: slick and proficient, The Stepfather 2.0 gets the adrenaline pumping, but the original has the brains. show more

  • 40
    Empire

    Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes. show more

  • 20
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    A dull, plodding remake. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The trouble with the movie, apart from its rather monotonous dourness of tone, is that everyone in the family, especially the reformed-delinquent high school son (Penn Badgley), comes off as tougher, smarter, and quicker on the draw than the stepfather who's supposed to be outfoxing them. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Tthe film is all of a piece, a handsome, thoughtfully crafted production that generates a mounting terror securely anchored by assured performances, consistent psychological persuasiveness and believable dialogue. What's most chilling about The Stepfather is that it was inspired by an actual incident in New Jersey in 1971. show more

  • 60
    Variety

    McCormick's Stepfather boasts a decent script by J.S. Cardone, but it seems to have been made in a bubble, as if nothing had transpired in the world of slasher/horror since the late Donald Westlake ("The Grifters") wrote the much-respected original. show more

  • 50
    L.A. Weekly

    The kickoff is good -- the finale effectively literalizes the expression “broken home” -- but director Nelson McCormick doesn’t keep things “taut” in between. Rather than do scenes right the first time, he tends to déjà vu them (this usually involves Amber Heard, wearing not-too-much). show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    A clumsy remake of the 1987 cult thriller. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Reader

    Whereas the 1987 horror hit The Stepfather was top-notch drive-in fare, this perfunctory retread had a tame, made-for-TV feel. show more

  • February 22, 2011 Yoshinaruto
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    Has anyone seen it more then me? I have a record of over 35. :)

  • February 15, 2010 Pinkpuppy95
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    a good thriller. in a way it is for teens and in a way it is not. i think that teenagers tend to like little more "gore" in there horror movies, which this did not have, but i also think the actors and plot would appeal more to teenagers. alot of screams and jumps in the theatre i was in and it was veryy suspensful, although there were no real "twists"or anything. go see this in theatres or deffinately rent it on dvd when it comes out.

  • January 17, 2010 kmc122044
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    This movie was ********* more for people that have never seen a scary movie. But this movie was touching and a little scary at the same time!!!

  • November 19, 2009 Xajust413
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    i thought it was alright...you definatly have to see the original ones tho first.. nothing can beat those

  • November 13, 2009 MrCraze182
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    *********** it but know it sucks

  • October 27, 2009 Rean Rossier
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    I really liked this movie it was very entertaining, Enjoyed the acting, plot, setting, it was just a very good movie!

  • October 25, 2009 Smileangel2004
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    This movie was not like the previews at all. I expected a lot better than what I seen. I would ********* this movie again. It was a disappointment to me. It was very slow and not suspenseful or anything at all.

  • October 25, 2009 Miclee1
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    Ok, I am a 43 year old professional and I really liked this movie a lot. Most of the reviews are from kids so I wouldn't listen much to them. This movie was well written and had quite a few jumps. I remember the original and I really loved that one too. Go see this one....its more of a suspense movie so don't expect much blood or cussing.

  • October 24, 2009 CpLySoCcer
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    this movie was one of the worst of the year honestly i may be a bit rough on the grading of movies except the movie itself was not good. The son's girlfriend was smokin hot and the casting was good for the rest of the cast was good except the movie lacked very essential story plots. The movie overall gets a D because of lack in thoughtfullness.

  • October 22, 2009 robert v. boos
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    Just saw it, and it was the worst piece of junk, LMN movies are better.

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