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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reviews

April 16, 2008
An initially promising, but quickly disappointing retread of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel's hugely influential horror classic.
April 16, 2008
'Inspired by a true story' presumably adds to the sordid thrills; maybe we should look forward to entertainments about Nazis torturing children.
October 3, 2006
Here's a slice of advice: Go to the video store and rent the original.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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June 24, 2006
The best one can say is that his version is not slavishly in thrall to Hooper's: boring, fright-free and pointless, maybe, but not craven.
January 15, 2004
All the bad-rehash mojo from Friday the 13th to The Blair Witch Project has infected Scott Kosar's script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 15, 2004
It's horrible and explicitly violent, but never authentically scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2003
It's a gory, stylish, and occasionally scary push-button factory of shocks and shrieks remarkably better than anyone had the right to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 27, 2003
... a bloody good time of a B-movie.
October 21, 2003
An overproduced, video-director remake, slick and grue-marinated and loud as a sonic boom.
October 17, 2003
Weakens, dilutes, disinfects and otherwise undermines the legacy of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original.
October 17, 2003
You realize how hard this is on me, to have to tell you what a superb job director Marcus Nispel has done re-creating, yet also revising, 1974's grisly, gristly, protein-centric masterpiece.
October 17, 2003
Next to this redundant, pointless and witless retread, the classic status of Tobe Hooper's original version is officially beyond dispute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2003
Mainly it's a vapid, vicious thrill ride that washes away immediately.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2003
Unlike movies such as Seven, there isn't enough style in the new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to justify the bloodbath, and it's riddled with too much been-there-done-that to endure as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
The new Massacre lowers the bar much the way the original 'dead teenager' horror flick did way back in 1974, and makes a mockery of that industry self-policing rubber stamp known as the ratings board.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 17, 2003
Does convey the sense of being caught in a nightmare. A stupid person's nightmare.
October 17, 2003
A splatterfest remake that relentlessly assaults the senses and mind with no discernable redeeming social value.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 17, 2003
Just as humorless as the original, but it's also slicker, glossier and resoundingly artificial.
October 17, 2003
Gruesome enough; what it lacks is a distinctive revolting personality of its own.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
It is nearly as tense and nasty as the original and, to be fair, features far better acting, most notably by Jessica Biel, who is compelling even when she isn't about to burst out of her wet T-shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2003
This is easily the most gruesome, most pointless, episode of Scooby Doo ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
A contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
October 17, 2003
For the new generation of slasher fan, the remake is a true gross-out with plenty of satisfying frights. For the rest of us, it's one more chapter in a neverending story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
A well-oiled suspense machine.
October 16, 2003
Junky and disposable but fast most of the time.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2003
That it escaped the straight-to-video bin suggests that Hollywood's contempt for today's youth audience has reached a new level.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 16, 2003
There's nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking here, but the film delivers with enough consistency to warrant a qualified recommendation for those seeking a few extra scares at this time of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 16, 2003
It's just as guilty as Blair Witch 2 for smothering bare-bones fright with ladles of gore.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 16, 2003
This particular reconceptualization actually does an impressive job of capturing the nasty dread of the original.
October 16, 2003
One gets the feeling the movie is little more than product meant to entice the unsuspecting -- neither new nor improved, merely the same wine in a different bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 16, 2003
Rather than exhilaration, this bilious film offers only entrapment and despair. It's about as much fun as sitting in on an autopsy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 16, 2003
The remake moves faster and sounds louder, but comes off as callous rather than creepy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2003
This bloody, exploitative mess is the cinematic equivalent of a dumpster fire -- stinky but insignificant.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2003
It's so caught up in concept and layout that it frequently forgets to push the jolt buttons.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 16, 2003
A remake that turns every kill into an opportunity for overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 16, 2003
An effectively scary slasher film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2003
Completely watchable, but brings virtually nothing new to the horror/gore table.
Read More | Original Score: C+