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The Strangers Review

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bryan Bertino, stages The Strangers' early scenes with spooky panache...But then comes the blood, the shrieking midnight chase scenes, the anything-goes over-the-top-ness. In other words, everything that we liked the movie for not being.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is one of those rare horror movies that concentrates on suspense and terror rather than on gore and a high body count.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Bertino's taut, spare thriller is plenty scary without relying on pseudo-historical context. Anchored by convincing performances from Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, both of whom elevate their roles above the standard horror-movie caricature, this is an enormously unsettling movie.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Spooky horror film has both tension and gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that plenty of blood is spilled in this grisly, tense, very scary horror movie. Characters are stabbed, beaten, and shot, often very graphically. That said, unlike many others in the horror genre, the film doesn't sexualize its terror, and the characters in peril aren't just sacrificial lambs -- the filmmakers make you care about them. Some teens who aren't necessarily gung-ho horror fans may be drawn in by stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman -- but even though the film is well-made and, by the standards of the genre, "tasteful," there's still plenty of shocking violence and high-strung tension (not to mention some swearing, drinking, and smoking), making it better suited for older viewers with strong nerves.

  • Families can talk about what makes a "good" horror film and what makes a "bad" one? Why do we seek out the artificially induced sense of apprehension and stress that horror films offer us? Why is it so much fun to be scared at the movies? Also, many horror films depict random grisly crimes -- do you think these movies reflect the reality of violent crime, or do they create (and possibly perpetuate) myths and misperceptions?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Villains terrorize their victims randomly, just because they're there.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Beatings, stabbings, and shootings, with plenty of suspense building up to each violent act. Each act is shown in full, along with the grim aftermath. Extensive physical peril, copious amounts of blood, brief-yet-graphic shots of grievously wounded and dead bodies. People are beaten senseless then dragged; characters are shown with wounds and injuries; characters are repeatedly stabbed onscreen while tied and helpless.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Characters kiss, with the suggestion that they're about to have sex (underthings are removed, pants unbuckled) ... before other events intrude on the mood.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes a few non-sexual uses of "f--k," plus "bitch" and "sucks."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: No prominent brands/products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink champagne and beer; Tyler's character smokes cigarettes.