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The Innkeepers Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

The House of... uh... something, maybe... Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

This could be heaven or this could be hell. Read full review

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

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The result is a largely entertaining picture with too few (and late-arriving) scares to satisfy the multiplex crowd, but one that will please many die-hard genre aficionados.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ghost movies like this, depending on imagination and craft, are much more entertaining than movies that scare you by throwing a cat at the camera.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Will The Innkeepers be enough for the young folk? These days there's little middle ground between the determined lack of gore in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and the determined overabundance offered by so much else. West works in that No Man's Land, intelligently.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Wide-eyed Sara Paxton and hipster-bespectacled Pat Healy play the joint's only two employees, working each other into a lather of what turns out to be well-founded hysteria. Kelly McGillis is a surprise treat as a grouchy medium.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Well-crafted haunted hotel movie has drinking, some gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Innkeepers -- an indie horror movie about a haunted hotel from the director of The House of the Devil -- has a few very scary moments and some scenes with strong blood and gore, though neither is constant. There's no sex or nudity, but there is sexual suggestion, plus shots of characters in very little clothing. Strong but infrequent language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t"; characters also drink, and a supporting character is shown to be an alcoholic.

  • Families can talk about The Innkeepers' violence. What's scarier -- the stuff you can see or the stuff you can't? Does the movie have scary moments without violence?
  • Does it seem like nothing is happening in certain scenes? Were you interested by these scenes or bored? Does something need to happen during every moment to make a movie interesting?
  • What's the appeal of scary movies and/or horror movies? Why do some people like them while others don't?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie has a somewhat negative outlook. Characters aren't rewarded for their bravery, but at least early displays of drinking, cynicism, and cowardice are eventually frowned upon.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: None of the characters are bad people, but they all have serious flaws -- i.e. cowardice, drunkenness, etc. Claire is perhaps the most positive character, demonstrating bravery and selflessness in addition to her quirky moods; she rushes back into the fray to help others, and she refuses to run from danger. On the downside, she doesn't seem to have much drive in life, and her ultimate fate may make her less than an ideal role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The movie has long non-gory stretches, but when the scary/gory stuff happens, it happens full-blast. Viewers see bloody bodies, scary ghosts, and frightening attacks. The main character, a woman, is sometimes in peril. A character tells scary ghost stories to a young boy. Characters die.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The female lead takes a shower, but no sensitive body parts are shown. She's also seen wearing skimpy panties; she wears a long shirt over them. The male lead is seen in his underwear. He also subtly flirts with the female lead, but she doesn't quite pick up on it. Verbal reference to "Internet porn."

  • language false4

    Language: Language is relatively infrequent but does include a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "ass," "asshole," "damn," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Characters drink Schlitz beer. Cans are shown sporadically throughout the movie's second half.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A supporting character is shown to be an alcoholic. She leaves empty mini-bar bottles all over her room, and, upon awakening, asks whether one of them still has anything in it. The two lead characters decide to get drunk on beer one night; viewers see empty beer cans lying around as they act tipsy.

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