'V/H/S' Critic Reviews

60%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
54%
Rotten Tomatoes:   91 reviews
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    A low-budget horror anthology with segments both ghastly and moronic ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Smart, scary stuff.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    "V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Gilsdorf Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Blair Witch Project" meets mumblecore.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    In too many of the shorts, bad acting quickly undermines the "authenticity" the aesthetics labor to achieve.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    This indie compilation has enough inventive chills to interest any horror fan.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    All of the short films are genuinely unnerving, and the point-of-view camerawork is, at times, startling.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    What's the point? None of the segments is particularly compelling. Strung together, it's way too much of a muchness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Drew Hunt Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This horror anthology collects six shorts of varying quality, all purported to be found footage. My favorite is Ti West's Second Honeymoon.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    This anthology of "found footage" horror featurettes is predictably hit-and-miss.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    The segments vary in quality and the whole overstays its welcome at nearly two hours.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "V/H/S" puts the majority of today's mainstream "scary" movies to shame; perhaps the solution is to cut them all down to about 15 minutes, and fund them on a shoestring.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    Cinema's first found-footage horror anthology suggests that there's still some life left in these old tropes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    An ingenious hybrid: part Godardian art film, part abstract video experiment, part sleazy shocker, and all self-castigating interrogation of what film-theory types call the "male gaze."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Lowe Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Refreshingly, V/H/S promises no more than it delivers, always a plus with genre fare.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    At nearly two hours, the gimmick punctures a hole in itself, causing ambience bleed-out.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    75
    A solid and entertaining anthology film...
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    60
    Conceptual pedantry aside, there are things to enjoy here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    A hit-and-miss affair.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Rawson-Jones Digital Spy
    60
    The anthology framework works well and features enough audacious moments to merit a viewing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    40
    It might well be a brand-new different kind of found footage movie, but it's no better a work of horror cinema as a result.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rich Cline Contactmusic.com
    60
    A mixed bag of found-footage horror shorts, this anthology gives rising star filmmakers a chance to do something original with the genre. Of course, some of the clips are much more effective than others, and some are little more than gimmicky jokes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • This is London
    40
    A nauseating experience on every level.
    Full Review » 2 years ago