'The Cabin in the Woods' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   15 reviews
92%
Rotten Tomatoes:   240 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Even when all hell breaks loose, that hell is cushioned by air quotes, with the audience buckled up for benign, heady fun.
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  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    There is a scholarly, nerdy, completist sensibility at work here that is impressive until it becomes exhausting.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    The Cabin in the Woods is a shrewd, ingenious look at the programmatic elements of the genre, a satire that is also a lenient celebration, and it could wind up being a set text in any MA course in horror.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Let's just say that if you like smartly twisted spins on worn-out horror cliches and if you have a strong stomach for flying body parts, put down the newspaper/laptop and go - we'll talk later.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Village Voice (Top Critic)
    More than anything else, Cabin feels like the endgame of so-called fanboy culture in the way in which it is first and foremost about itself, interested only in a fundamental adherence to rules of its own devising and fenced off from the world at large.
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  • Aaron Hillis Village Voice (Top Critic)
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day.
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  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    You needn't be a fanboy to enjoy the moment when the ride really takes off and the spectacle flowers. A scary imagination will do just fine.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway.
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  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    What the movie finally is, then, is a diversion: a reasonably smart and exceptionally well-constructed one. And nothing more.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Is it scary? Not especially. But there are enough gory surprises around every bend to keep you laughing/screaming/cringing.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    This is not a perfect movie; it's so ragged, it's practically constructed of loose ends. But it's exciting because it ventures so far off the map.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Whedon and Goddard bake their cake and eat it too.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Mind blown, hair on fire. Seeing "The Cabin in the Woods" set a new personal benchmark for fiendishly creative takes on genre entertainment.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    84
    If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    "The Cabin in the Woods" is a fantastic poke in the eye of our horror-movie expectations.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    An entire row of what they call "fanboys" at the screening I attended laughed all the way through the movie, although I failed to see anything remotely amusing.
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  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    Not since Scream has a horror movie subverted the expectations that accompany the genre to such wicked effect as The Cabin in the Woods.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago