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The Invitation (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.

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In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband, David's (Michiel Huisman, "Game of Thrones") dinner party. The pair's tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden's suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.

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Critic Reviews for The Invitation

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (23)

If you were at a creepy dinner party, and the hosts decided to show a video of their vacation in which they spent time with a crazy cult leader in Mexico, would you stick around for the main course?

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4

Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Will is the proxy through which we experience the increasingly confounding web of suspicion and surprises that are obfuscated by social niceties and facades of politesse.

April 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Invitation

Interesting idea. Drags out a little long, but decent Netflix watch.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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The tension built up over the 90% of movie to meet its climax is simply tedious. I wish I was uninvited to the movie night ð???

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Kusama's direction is excellent, especially in the way she explores the mise-en-scène and the geography of the house where the narrative takes place, and she knows very well how to create an uncomfortable feeling of unrest as we follow it from the point of view of its main character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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