'The Pact' Critic Reviews

58%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
67%
Rotten Tomatoes:   34 reviews
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    McCarthy has a talent to unsettle - still not entirely developed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Basic, efficient little horror item scares up a few little shocks, possibly enough for a modest commercial career.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Donato We Got This Covered
    45
    Nicholas McCarthy admirably tries to deliver both a terrifying tale of horror while mixing in more gritty elements, but doesn't explain much as to why.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Witney Seibold CraveOnline
    85
    Quite easily, one of the scariest films I've seen in a long while... It's a corker.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shockya.com
    67
    Debut director Nicholas McCarthy possesses a good grasp of effective, tension-building technique in this psychologically rooted chiller, in which dark, repressed memories of a turbulent childhood bubble to the surface.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    The film has some cheap thrills ... but lacks more sustained tension.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    59
    A satisfying ghost story without leaning too hard into trends. It's not a deliciously overwhelming feature, but The Pact has modest vision worth a look.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    63
    McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Guzman Film Journal International
    The best thing The Pact has going for it is the way it manages to play its cards right, despite the fact that it doesn't have many aces up its sleeve.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Noel Murray AV Club
    75
    More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    34
    [VIDEO ESSAY] "The Pact" is a horror movie with training wheels. It's for audiences who have never seen one before and don't want to be too scared.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Calum Marsh Slant Magazine
    63
    When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rosie Fletcher SFX Magazine
    70
    At times scream-out-loud scary, with a second half that can't maintain the momentum.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brigit Grant Daily Express
    40
    To those brave enough to stomach the horrors of the Saw series, The Pact will seem tame.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    The film cleverly exploits aspects of everyone's childhood.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Robey Daily Telegraph
    60
    Expanding a successful short, first-time feature, director Nicholas McCarthy displays more savvy than inspiration: there's some technical ingenuity to the jumps, but not a lot of logic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    50
    A stylish and well-acted if disappointingly rote paranormal gumshoe story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    40
    The female leads are uniformly characterless, as if Central Bimbo Casting has been told, "Keep sending in the next interchangeable blonde."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Giles-Keddie Real.com
    60
    While it retreads well-trodden horror paths and shies away from any originality, it does favour heightening the mystery over goriness, relying on some impressive visuals ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    40
    Despite having an effective but shockingly-predictable computer-chat scene, The Pact didn't raise a single hair on the back of my neck.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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