'The Cabin in the Woods' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   15 reviews
92%
Rotten Tomatoes:   240 reviews
  • Noah Lee Film Threat
    100
    In a year that's looking to have a very strong lineup of horror and genre movies, it's very likely that The Cabin in the Woods will come out the king of the hill.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Craig FoxNews.com
    The Cabin in the Woods is a quick-witted, mind-bending fright fest. A truly rare and original horror film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Gross Austin American-Statesman
    90
    Whedon refuses to keep the cliches entirely intact. In keeping with the overall theme, nothing is entirely what it seems, and nobody is entirely who they seem.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Charity CNN.com
    One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle
    100
    By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jack Rodgers TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    The Cabin in the Woods is a fiendishly clever, constantly imaginative horror thriller that keeps springing new surprises on the audience right up until the end credits.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kirk Baird Toledo Blade
    80
    While this film is not for everyone -- those who like their slasher film cliches without irony shouldn't bother -- anyone who likes brains to go with their blood are bound to appreciate what Whedon and Goddard have conjured.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey Lyles Lyles' Movie Files
    60
    It's all great fun until the ending, which feels a little too safe, simple and silly to what had otherwise been an enjoyably twisted horror film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    88
    One part horror film, and one part comedy with a hint of self reflection on a genre lacking challenging concepts.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Simon Miraudo Quickflix
    80
    The Cabin in the Woods is both chilling and cackle-inspiring. Most significantly, it's consistently surprising, and that alone is cause for recommendation in the age of endless reboots and the non-stop barrage of demonic possession movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Ross The Aristocrat
    80
    Just take my word on it, this film rocks. If you are disillusioned with the state of modern horror (and you should be) this is just the shot in the arm the genre has needed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    70
    A surprisingly entertaining effort that works because it strikes a smart balance - embracing as well as rejecting viewer expectations and knowledge of the horror genre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    The Cabin in the Woods is nothing short of brilliant.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jonathan Lack We Got This Covered
    95
    This is a must-buy Blu-Ray. The Cabin in the Woods is an excellent movie, it looks and sounds great, and there are plenty of informative bonus features. Highly recommended.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Amy Curtis We Got This Covered
    75
    What I can definitely tell you, without giving away any of its secrets, is that Cabin In The Woods is going to be a pleasant surprise for just about everyone.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    88
    Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have gone all out to revitalize [the horror genre] with their brilliant take on an old tale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Erick Weber NECN
    92
    The most maniacal monster movie ever created.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    95
    An instant classic, endlessly clever and thrilling, and well worth the wait.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Schembri 3AW
    60
    Playing on the cliches of the genre, the film avoids being a straight-out spoof by building to a satisfying, over-the-top climax.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Blake Howard 2UE That Movie Show
    90
    The Cabin in the Woods does for horror what Annie Hall did for the romantic comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Simon Foster sbs.com.au
    The Cabin in the Woods is smart, savage fun written by fans for fans.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sight and Sound
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  • Cameron Williams The Popcorn Junkie
    90
    A bloody open love letter to the horror genre that's funny, scary, and thought provoking. One of the best films of 2012.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    80
    Witty, scary and wickedly entertaining, The Cabin in the Woods takes on and savages the biggest monster in the horror genre: caricature.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Toomey ABC Radio Brisbane
    75
    I personally wouldn't consider it a game-changer but The Cabin In The Woods kept me on my toes and has many interesting elements.
    Full Review » 2 years ago