(2004)

Critic Reviews

50

Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake.
75
New York Post
An outrageous horror flick.
70
L.A. Weekly
Marebito's ghoulish delight in gore will turn off the squeamish, but tougher souls will recognize that the over-the-top shocks are Shimizu's way of illustrating how terrifying the risk of human connection can be.
70
Provocative rather than scary, and it's made with visual flair.
50
In casting about for new sources of fear, Marebito achieves its own level of mediocrity.
50
Shot in just over a week with a minuscule budget, this artsy thriller feels like a one-off from Shimizu's Ju-on films but is probably worth a look for fans.
38
New York Daily News
Never gives us what it promised: a glorious, totally new sense of horror.
30
Variety
Japanese horror doesn't get more tedious.
30
Village Voice
This all-digital indie is, by genre standards, either a misfired doodle or an attempt to Lovecraft-ize the popular movement. Or both.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
A disturbing supernatural drama that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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