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The Forest Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Although he can’t quite get a grip on guiding the lightweight narrative, Zada demonstrates a fluid visual style, particularly in the complex sequences filmed in the forest settings.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    First-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Brian Truitt

    Much more concerned with the emotional ties between twin sisters — both played by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer — than scaring the pants off audiences.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    A decently executed creeper built around a convincing performance by Natalie Dormer.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    To be fair, The Forest boasts a promising premise but squanders most of its goodwill as a result of narrative shortcuts and contrivances, horror film clichés, and haphazard editing.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    For the record, Gus Van Sant recently made "The Sea of Trees," set in the same infamous suicide forest, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe. In its contrived sentimentality that film is twice as frightening as this one.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort.

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