Under The Shadow - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Under The Shadow Reviews

Page 1 of 5
October 4, 2019
Much like last year's A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, this a proudly, culturally authentic Iranian horror movie that... establishes itself in the horrifying reality of a real-world conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 5, 2019
First and foremost, this is a well-directed horror movie that has just the right mix of atmosphere and old-fashioned scares to delight the mainstream audiences. When you look deeper, though, there are treats for cinephiles to unpack.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2019
Encompasses many experiences and situations of women worldwide, and what living under the constant, forceful pressure of patriarchy can do to their psyches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 13, 2019
Under the Shadow comes from a dark place. Firmly in the shade of the Cultural Revolution and deep into the Iran-Iraq War, the spectre of war and threat of tragedy looms large over what is, in essence, a stressful domestic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2019
Under the Shadow is tense, unusual and well worth seeing, with mainstream appeal. It's a must-see even for non-horror fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2019
[Babak Anvari] makes masterful use of a time and place that is a hotbed of extreme self-righteousness, where something as basic as a woman's education and choice of clothing are under the microscope.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 7, 2018
This fantastic directorial debut is one of the essential foreign language works of the year - and further proof that 2016 is the greatest year for horror cinema in my lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2018
Under the Shadow gives you a glimpse into the old and new aspects of Iranian culture, while also giving you a fright you won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
November 1, 2018
Under the Shadow shows that horror is still alive and well in cinema and not only do I hope that Iran does more genre films, I really hope it brings Iranian cinema out of the shadows and into the mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2018
A timeless story about accepting the mistakes of our past...This is absolutely one of 2016's must-see films, horror or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2018
An old school chiller, Under The Shadow offers more than just the usual scares. An interesting and welcome entry into the foreign language ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2018
It's anthropological, feminist, and historical. In short, it's excellent in ways few horror films are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.6/5
August 27, 2018
Under the Shadow simulates this discomfort and, when the world (and the rules that govern it) begins to unravel in the film's final act, the result is terrifying.
August 25, 2018
Under the Shadow demands that we feel history as much as intellectually acknowledge it. Its important lessons cannot be taught through dates and names, but through something far more visceral, intoxicating and memorable.
August 21, 2018
This is a must see and shows Iranian filmmaking just keeps producing excellent, thought provoking films. A proper psychological supernatural thriller with a good narrative and under 1hr 30 mins in length.
August 20, 2018
It is clear that the oppression of the Cultural Revolution is stifling, especially towards women, but when the materialized djinn resembles a flying, haunted hijab, that message is now shouted at the audience loudly.
August 14, 2018
Under the Shadow is a balancing act of great dynamics, great scares, and is one of the best horror films to have come along in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2018
Solid performances coupled with an equally powerful script gives Under the Shadow all the necessary ingredients to be a staple in the horror film catalog.
January 23, 2018
You really feel the terror and the dread, it just feels so real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 16, 2017
The use of the chador in Under the Shadow is one example of how the film successfully manages to be both a serious reflection on the position of women in Iran and an intensely creepy horror film.
Page 1 of 5