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The Hills Have Eyes Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Call it good, just not great. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Nothing is right about this ridiculous horror schlockfest.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Where Craven and his director, Alexandre Aja, may have miscalculated is in making the genetically damaged demons, with their flesh-potato foreheads and minimal verbal skills, into monster action figures who take vengeance on the world that created them. They're not scary because they're victims themselves.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Hills Have Eyes gets points for gore and general creepiness, and for occasional periods of tension, but it's not scary enough to linger long in the subconscious.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    This remake of the 1977 Wes Craven cult classic is brutally horrific. And that's a compliment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Grim remake of '70s slasher film. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is absolutely not for kids. It includes incessant, vicious attacks on a family traveling through the New Mexican desert by a group of mutants. The violence is startling, explicit, and aggressive (dogs are knifed and eviscerated; humans suffer knifing, dismembering, shooting, burning at a stake). Someone bites off a parakeet's head. The monstrous mutants watch their prey through binoculars, which the film renders as spooky "surveillance" imagery. Women appear undressed as monsters try to rape them. Characters smoke, drink beer and margaritas, and refer to "the chronic"/pot. Opening credits sequence features ghastly victims of radiation, in jars and photos.

  • Families can talk about the film's two family units: How do the travelers/victims turn desperate and become like their attackers? How do the film's graphic displays of violence (now a staple of horror/slasher movies) serve specific functions? Do viewers want to be scared or repulsed, to identify with victims or monsters, or to take pleasure in the technical expertise of the violence? Why do horror movies remain so popular, especially with teens?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Mutants are mad; bumbling humans are dumb; only the enraged, vengeful young father triumphs.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Bloody, grotesque assaults on traveling family by human mutants; infant in danger (carried off by mutants); dogs yelp off screen and their bloody bodies are discovered by horrified humans; mutants eat human and dog corpses; bird's head bitten off; graphic injuries and body parts (including a bloody head and some deformed heads).Repulsive rape of a young mother, plus repeated sexualized violence.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexualized violence.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent profanity, including repeated use of f-words, s-word, "-of-a-bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke, drink, and show effects of radiation (deformities and cannibalism).

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