(2012)

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80
Like last year's "Chronicle," here's another reminder that in the right hands found footage still has plenty of capacity to surprise.
75
Scrappy and unsettling, V/H/S puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame.
70
Refreshingly, V/H/S promises no more than it delivers, always a plus with genre fare.
63
An anthology of found-footage horror shorts that exudes, sometimes extraordinarily, a neophyte's sense of courage and cluelessness.
63
No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
63
The film also plays to the strengths of the found-footage format, proving that sometimes the scariest things are the ones you can barely see. For horror hounds, this is required viewing.
60
Anthologies are risky. For every high point, there's often a misstep to match. But this indie compilation has enough inventive chills to interest any horror fan.
50
Viewed en masse, V/H/S can't generate the necessary suspense, and buy-in, to truly get under your skin.
50
V/H/S comes across as a production that wants to be more than it is but, as they say, The Emperor has no clothes.
40
Had V/H/S been a nasty jolt of three, it might have been memorable, but at nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out. Recommended cure: a tripod
25
V/H/S is an example of the genre at its least compelling.

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