1408 Reviews

  • Reassuringly old-school gothic.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A Stephen King short story is adapted and brought to the screen in 1408, more psychological thriller than outright horror.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Unpretentious and effective.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Listen up, all you Hostels, Saws and other purveyors of bloody terror. Lay down your whips, chain saws and paring knives to watch a truly scary movie.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • The problem with this movie is that it feels too much like a joke rather than a true work of suspense.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The horror wouldn't work without Cusack, who makes what could have been a rote acting exercise -- Be tough! Now angry! Now defensively funny! -- a cathartic ritual instead.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • In this mix of recycled scares and half-hearted twists, the only real fright is the sight of an interesting actor wasting his talents in yet another mediocre movie.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A psychologically thrilling movie that leaves you gasping in the end.

    Desiree Belmarez — Denver Post

  • All the suspense and shock depends on [Cusack's] performance, how he reacts from minute to minute, and he does a terrific job under Mikael Hafstrom's direction.

    Teresa Budasi — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's a good, solid scare picture, modestly scaled but well-crafted. And unlike certain other horror items on offer right now, this one doesn't make you feel like a psycho-in-training for sitting through it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Adapted from a Stephen King story, this trite but watchable chiller plays like a scaled-down version of The Shining, with Cusack driven over the edge by hallucinations of his abusive father and dead daughter.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • An entertainingly hairy paranormal affair based on a King short story, 1408 sets up its star -- and its audience -- for a blood-curdling, bone-chilling night of horror.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • John Cusack is virtually a one-man show in the claustrophobically chilling 1408.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The story features some surprises, and director Mikael Hafstrom adds realism by bypassing computer graphics for practical effects. Add in the natural fear of being trapped in tight spaces and you have a can't-miss formula for horror and suspense.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Regardless of how long you last in 1408, the logic to which you are entitled never comes.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Refuses to embrace the fashionable elements of torture porn that are currently cutting a bloody swath through the horror genre, relying largely on psychological terror to impart the sense of someone possibly going mad, and taking the viewer along.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • If I ever check into a hotel room and the clock radio is playing the Carpenters, I'm going to freak out.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Quaint or not, this King adaptation chills, and may have you Googling the next hotel you're scheduled to check into, room by room.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.

    Rob Salem — Toronto Star

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