(I) (2012)

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80
Rather than another drearily workaday horror picture, Sinister uses the supernatural to underline its examination of the all-too-human foibles of insecurity and myopic self-centeredness. As the best horror stories so often do, Sinister makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all.
75
I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.
75
And then there is Vincent D'Onofrio, as a university professor of the occult and mythological, who opens up a line of possibility that eventually saves the ending from being a red herring. Yes, the ending is horrifying, but I don't believe in that stuff. I'm pretty sure I don't.
75
Even though the ending is inescapable (and therefore predictable), that does little to diminish its effectiveness.
75
It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
70
Occasionally stupid (stretching even fright-flick conventions) but scary nonetheless, the picture should please horror fans.
63
The clichés are still clichés. They've just been renovated.
50
Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
50
Here's the thing: Found footage is scary when - because - it leaves you to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. But actually watching whole families have terrible things done to them - well, hard-core horror fans may dig it, I guess. I'd call it forced voyeurism of the worst sort.
50
A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.
50
Ellison's fascination with celluloid to solve a crime recalls Antonioni's "Blowup," but Scott Derrickson is unable to conjure an aura that isn't as transparent and weightless as a ghost.
40
Ridiculous, and never scary, and with the worst ghost makeup in the history of the horror genre, Sinister is enjoyable, even funny at times. Most amusing might be watching Hawke play a character willing to do anything to regain his fame.

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