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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 112 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Here's the tricky thing about The Strangers. Sure, it uses cinema to ends that are objectionable and vile ... but it does it well, with more than usual skill. show more

  • 25
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    No one is getting at anything in The Strangers, except the cheapest, ugliest kind of sadistic titillation. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Bertino does an excellent job building dread, especially during the first half of the movie. Every silence, pause and sudden noise startles - and the results, frankly, are more frightening than the graphic torture scenes in movies like "Hostel" and "Saw." show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect. show more

  • 30
    Bob Mondello NPR

    What possessed Liv Tyler to take a role in this sadistic, unmotivated home-invasion flick. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Bertino's taut, spare thriller is plenty scary without relying on pseudo-historical context. Anchored by convincing performances from Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, both of whom elevate their roles above the standard horror-movie caricature, this is an enormously unsettling movie. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    There's nothing more to it than meets the eye, but Bertino understands the mechanics of suspense and knows how to use them. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is one of those rare horror movies that concentrates on suspense and terror rather than on gore and a high body count. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Both Speedman and Tyler deliver solid, nuanced performances as a couple caught at the most fragile moment in their relationship. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    You can only string an audience along for so long with scary masks and sudden appearances at the window, and after a while, the suspense starts seeping out of The Strangers, because you realize that's all there's going to be to the movie. show more

  • August 30, 2012 guku1
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    Biggest peace of crap I ever saw Bertino is a pathetic moron!!

  • June 18, 2010 lcmorris54
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    this movie is scary,but is good

  • August 11, 2009 KristyandJay
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    very very very bad. I hope they are not making a part 2 because it will just be a waste of money and i would not bother even watching it if it come onto free to air tv

  • June 22, 2009 cozmic3434
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    I was left with lots of questions. Who were these masked intruders? What was their purpose. When the two boys found the couple on the floor at the end of the movie and the girl screamed - Did she live? Is this movie actually based on a true story? Other that scary moments from time to time, there was no plot and no resolution at the end.

  • March 29, 2009 jettpearson
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    this was horrible!

  • December 20, 2008 Csirchioi
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    This is just about one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. Can someone please think of something original for a change. This is your A typical slasher movie where the people being stalked make horrible decisions throughout the entire movie. If this is the way people really react than I am the smartest person alive and the general population is way more stupid than I had previously thought. Now, I realize it is just a movie ,BUT, it is the kind of movie that you want to yell at the characters "OMG are you and idiot!!" with every move they make. I am very sorry I wasted my money ordering this on PPV. Please save your money and rent the worst movie you have already seen and see it a second time because it is quite possibly better.

  • October 26, 2008 Leestiger
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    This is not a horror movie. It is more of a terror movie and it isnt very terrifying. It is suspenseful though. Movie is only 78 minutes long which is about as long as it needs to be. Dont spend any money to see it. I saw the unrated version although I cant understand why it was unrated.

  • October 25, 2008 AJBurkey
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    WOW i wasnt scared at all. Im a wimp

  • October 25, 2008 Yokiyolanda9
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    very good movie it kept me on the edge the whole time and i was able to look at it without turning my head

  • October 24, 2008 LiLShoRtie1215
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    Worst movie out there

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