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88
It is a fine little old-school thriller.
83
There's wit but never a wink in this smartly shot production, which pays homage to the 1980s without fetishizing the era.
80
West is far more adept at and interested in sustaining an unrelentingly ominous mood than in executing the genre-required spook shocks.
75
The film may provide an introduction for some audience members to the Hitchcockian definition of suspense: It's the anticipation, not the happening, that's the fun.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
This isn't just a good throwback satanic thriller - it looks as if it was made during the era of satanist paranoia.
75
An almost fetishistic re-creation of a horror-suspense movie from around 1978.
70
Writer and director Ti West accesses all the hot buttons for fans of the genre in a manner that doesn't make fun of it (and its followers) in a "Scary Movie" way, but instead treats it with the appropriate amount of respect. (Key word: appropriate.)
67
By far the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season.
63
The result can be palpably unnerving.
63
Although the payoff is creepy, it takes a little too long to arrive -- and when it does, it's about as worn-out as the movie's title.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
This is the perfect illustration of the banality of most scare movies.

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