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40
Boxoffice Magazine
The soulless-ness of their empty plot of track homes and super-store existence invokes both "Poltergeist" and "Employee of the Month."
38
To those of us in the audience who might be strangers in paranormal precincts, it looks suspiciously like a séance.
30
An incomprehensibly garbled, derivative attempt at a horror flick from first-time writer-director Todd Lincoln.
30
Lincoln's script has no knack for the pacing of cinematic exorcisms, and the truncated climax he does offer is short on action and scares.
25
It's a potentially creepy setting that would give an innovative director a chance to do a lot with a little. Unfortunately, Lincoln isn't one of those.
25
The Playlist
A plodding, undercooked, and old-fashioned (not in a good way, either) chiller that will bore you to tears instead of scare you to death.
20
The Apparition turns out to be nothing more than a series of feebly constructed "Boo!" scenes tacked together to achieve (barely) feature length.
20
Variety
This enervating muddle of paranormal nonsense manages the difficult feat of seeming frenzied and lethargic all at once, while building toward the sort of ludicrous cop-out climax that often incites die-hard genre fans to shout rude things at the screen.
16
With more telegraphed scares than Samuel Morse on Halloween, it still might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater.
12
Slant Magazine
The story is a worthy one, but the film lacks any daring expressive touches that might have made it, at the very least, noteworthy.

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