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Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
This remake stays close to the eponymous 1979 horror movie it's based on, except for being precisely 10,000 times scarier.
50
The truly shocking thing about the new version is that it's not bloody awful.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
With his beard and '70s clothes, Reynolds looks like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Before things go precipitously south, he gives an endearing performance that proves he's ready for far more substantial roles than Van Wilder.
50
New York Daily News
Why remake a horror film if you can't make it scarier?
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.
50
Miami Herald
The good news is the updated version is scarier than the original, thanks to snazzier special effects, a shorter running time, moody lighting, a few solid jolts and one icky moment involving a bratty babysitter and a closet. The bad news is the film rehashes every horror movie cliché you can imagine.
50
ReelViews
The Amityville Horror fails as a movie, but, if you are searching for are a few good scares, you'll find them here.
50
Premiere
The new film is also sleeker, sexier, and, thankfully, shorter than the original.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Extraordinarily faithful to the spirit of that creaky, derivative, fly-infested, don't-go-in-the-attic boofest.
25
Result? It's not scary, just busy.
25
In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.

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