(2013)

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60
The New York Times
The shocks are short and sharp, the acting is strongest where it counts, and the director of photography, Adam Marsden, washes everything in a swampy green that makes spooks pop.
50
Following on the coattails of “The Conjuring” and “Insidious,” Haunt is a classical haunted-house thriller with perhaps little that's out of the ordinary for the genre, but occasionally inventive execution.
40
The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears.
40
Respectably crafted but short on invention and serious scares.
38
Mac Carter repeatedly compromises his intuitive, and often elegantly framed, glances at his main characters' teenage blues by too busily going through amateur-night gesticulations of spooking his audience.
38
Bland and bordering on nonsensical, Haunt trots out all the standard haunted-house tropes without breathing any new life into them.
30
Too often, Carter sacrifices characterization for one more flickery effect or carefully composed shot of moody elegance, then overdoes unlighted interiors to an almost absurd degree.
25
I've had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz.
25
There is virtually nothing in Mac Carter's horror flick that deviates from the standard haunted house plot (or, in this case, plod).
20
Haunt winds up being memorable only for its absence of subtlety or surprise.
20
There's lots of mixed film stock and screeches on the soundtrack (as in the credits for “Seven”), but this gets annoying, as do the predictable twists.

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