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The Uninvited (2009)

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Critic Consensus: The Uninvited is moody and reasonably involving, but suffers from predictable plot twists.

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Based on Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 Korean horror film, "Changhwa Hongryon," "The Uninvited" revolves around Anna, who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse, Rachel. That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.

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Cast

Kevin McNulty
as Sheriff Emery
Dean Paul Gibson
as Dr. Silberling
John Prowse
as Butcher
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Critic Reviews for The Uninvited

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (35)

An effective blend of thriller and horror.

May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As in the original, the film slyly manipulates the audience's perspective, and a brilliantly filmed climactic 'reveal' marks this British duo as a pair to watch.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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The Uninvited is a little too mild-mannered to please any but the most vanilla of horror fans.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

They are all just guests at a camp masked ball - poised to unveil themselves in a denouement that somehow manages to be more outlandish - and more comic - than all the bumps and rattles that went before.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like its own Asian source, this movie has a big and elaborately planted twist up its sleeve, but this time around it leaves us feeling tricked and underwhelmed -- horror primly behaving itself as a peekaboo exercise in misdirection.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Its most intriguing quality is that its final five minutes are so much more interesting than anything that goes before.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Uninvited

½

A rare case of American remake that I find better than the original film, since the tension is carried out much more carefully here and with a more concise plot that wisely avoids the many twists in Kim Ji-Woon's story and presents a more compelling reason to leave us scared.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Wastes two very good performers, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn, in a murky silly wannabe thriller.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Uninvited relies too heavily on cheesy dialogue, and jump scares to really be that frightening. It's predictable and unimaginative plot are silly, but the actors really do try their best with the material they are given. But alas, they can't save this mess. My friends and I saw the ending coming half-way through the film. This was an uninvited entry into the horror movie genre.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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