'Halloween' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   61 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   109 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    It's a decent diversion.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Matt Zoller Seitz New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The new Halloween has sympathy for the Devil, but not enough.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Richard Harrington Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for Jerry Springer wrote it (Zombie did).
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    As a sensory experience, the redo is flat. Even if giving audiences a start were Zombie's strength, fans already know when the scares are coming.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Nathan Lee Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The life and times of a fictional monster may not be as respectable a subject as a historical monster like, say, Idi Amin or Truman Capote, but Zombie's portrait is every bit as reverent, scrupulous, and deeply felt as any Oscar-grubbing horrorshow.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    38
    Rob Zombie's lousy remake of John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic Halloween adds to the argument that horror movies are losing their box-office appeal because filmmakers no longer know how -- or have any desire -- to create genuine suspense.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The set-up is tediously slow, while the later murders are packed so tightly it's like watching a blender on high speed.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Carpenter's original, a series of brilliant joy-buzzer jolts, treated the horror as a dark pop joke, courting our giggling disbelief. Zombie turns it somber.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Michael Myers is back. And no, you still shouldn't care.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    The best that can be said about Rob Zombie's Halloween remake is that he makes it his own, though the considerable alterations only flatter John Carpenter's 1978 slasher-pic template.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    Rob Zombie's Halloween remake isn't scary, which is really all you need to know about it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Trick or treat? Rob Zombie's "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween must sadly be consigned to the former category and it's not even a very interesting, suspenseful trick at that.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    The most depressing thing of all is that Michael will likely survive even this dire endeavour.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Although it's not saying much, this is director Rob Zombie's most impressive outing behind the camera.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The result, though undeniably preferable to yet another misbegotten installment of the long-exhausted franchise, certainly doesn't compare to John Carpenter's landmark original film.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    40
    Anyone can trace a Picasso.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cliff Doerksen Time Out
    20
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    20
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    20
    Teen slasher flick remake is brutal and bloody.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brett Michel Boston Phoenix
    25
    When it comes to Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's Halloween, they don't get any more unnecessary.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    75
    Modernizing the classic slasher staple, Rob Zombie's film is surprisingly adept.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    75
    Modernizing the classic slasher staple, Rob Zombie's film is surprisingly adept.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Fernando F. Croce CinePassion
    Zombie's fury is dulled by his veneration of the horror classic
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    Zombie's constant use of long lenses, close-ups, and rapid-fire editing are crude attempts to jack up action that is not staged particularly well.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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