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The Amityville Horror Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    33

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Extraordinarily faithful to the spirit of that creaky, derivative, fly-infested, don't-go-in-the-attic boofest.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Intensely violent and scary -- and a poor remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a first sequence where a young man shoots his sleeping family in their beds; a mild drinking scene at a restaurant; a sex scene between married couple George and Kathy (her nude back is shown); repeated scenes of George turning increasingly mean, violent, and scary-looking; his axe-attack on the family dog; and a last sequence where he chases Kathy and her three kids with a shotgun and axe. George and Kathy use strong language (repeated uses of "f--k").

  • Families can talk about haunted houses. How do these stories address fears of relocating, old houses, and seemingly inexplicable mass murders? How does this version reinforce the children's concern about accepting a new father and feeling disloyal to the dead father? Families might also discuss the movie's representations of troubling extended family relationships (stepfather who turns abusive and then murderous), ineffective religious agents (a priest is frightened by the house and abandons the family), and the mother's confusion at her husband's erratic behavior (afraid of him herself, she allows him to threaten her children).

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic violence.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sex scene between a married couple.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mild drinking scene.

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