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80
When Aja really starts in on the brutal slayings, he spares no one any comfort at all.
70
This remake of the 1977 Wes Craven cult classic is brutally horrific. And that's a compliment.
70
Variety
Besides proving to be a faithful mimic of Craven's filmmaking, Aja pours on the gore. But where Aja's version really leaps beyond Craven's both atmospherically and on the violence scale is in the second hour.
63
ReelViews
The Hills Have Eyes gets points for gore and general creepiness, and for occasional periods of tension, but it's not scary enough to linger long in the subconscious.
60
Empire
Fans of the original won't be disappointed, but ultimately it's just another decent, arguably unnecessary, '70s horror remake.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Where Craven and his director, Alexandre Aja, may have miscalculated is in making the genetically damaged demons, with their flesh-potato foreheads and minimal verbal skills, into monster action figures who take vengeance on the world that created them. They're not scary because they're victims themselves.
50
Rolling Stone
What good is a wallow in sicko sadism if you take all the fun out of it?
42
The A.V. Club
Thanks to assured direction and a fine cast, Hills isn't terrible, only terribly unnecessary.
40
Village Voice
The net effect would be doze-inducing if in fact the Dolby didn't attempt to wake the dead.
30
L.A. Weekly
An orgy of bloodletting and dismemberment that's more monotonous than shocking. Aja and Levasseur are to splatter what Liberace was to rhinestones: practitioners of gaud.

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