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This is strictly substandard stuff, with imitative creepy noises, vertiginous camera angles, and long pauses during which Tim considers whether to open doors.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Only glimpses of the monster are seen in Stephen Kay's supernatural thriller. Unfortunately, the same is true of the movie's plot and character.
Anita Gates - New York Times
It's difficult to remember a recent movie with less regard for spatial or temporal coherence.
Joshua Land - Village Voice
With all the movies out there, this is the last one you should pick.
Matt Weitz - Dallas Morning News
A vaporous and vacuous horror film.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
None of this makes any sense whatsoever.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Yeah, it's dumb, and it takes a long time to get to scenes that amount to anything other than cheap scares. But Boogeyman is not entirely artless.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It squanders a promising plot about child abduction, preferring to go the literal route of chasing a spectral troublemaker with a bad case of claustrophobia.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
It suffers from a lack of genuine chills or suspense.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Fright fans expecting anything more than the occasional jolt will be sorely disappointed.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
A bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A thinly plotted clothesline of shock effects.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
- Time Out
- Empire Magazine
This film does cause shivers, creeps, scares, and jumps.
Heidi Martinuzzi - Film Threat
Few films benefited that much from being so short.
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
For a good, healthy PG-13 scare, Boogeyman is fun for the whole family -- just don't bring kids who are too young.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
- AV Club
So boring, derivative and patently inane that hate is entirely too strong an emotion to attribute to it. You're either in the target demographic or you're not.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Teenagers will probably have a blast with the cheap scares and simplistic story, but for horror veterans or those looking for something new, this is not the film to see.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Director Kay provides the trappings, but if you want horror, you'll need to bring your own.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Boogeyman is that bull's eye example which begins its immediate downfall once Barry Watson of "7th Heaven" misfortune appears on screen.
Rory L. Aronsky - Film Threat
I spent most of the movie struggling not to throw something at the screen or disrupt the other patrons by screaming in frustration.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
O titulo brasileiro desta producao (O Pesadelo) sintetiza perfeitamente o que significa a experiencia de ser obrigado a assisti-la.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A bland affair with none of the imagination that distinguishes the best horror movies.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Confusing, badly written, poorly acted horror film that trots out a few cliches and eventually throws some semi-decent effects at them, in the mistaken belief that the audience won't be bored to tears.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
There is not a scare to be found.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A humourless trudge through haunted house cliches, it's unlikely to scare anyone old enough to get past the box office.
Paul Arendt - BBC
It uses every canted angle and cartoonish zoom from Sam Raimi's Evil Dead handbook, but the comatose screenplay just makes the stylish gymnastics look desperate.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
There is nothing going on during these 86 minutes except a studio gunning for quick kill at the opening weekend box office.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
winningly combines the creaking ambiguities and psychological chills of They with terrain more familiar from a haunted house movie.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
One could look at this as an exercise in building dread, but the only problem is there's no sense of dread accompanying it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Every jolt in this film involves crash editing and deafening noises, while nothing is made of the premise or the characters.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
gets to a point when you just want the Boogeyman to show up and kill everyone just to make things interesting.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The problem is that Watson's performance is never interesting. It often seems as if he's not yet had his morning cup of coffee.
Kevin Allison - Premiere Magazine
The movie's worth a look for cheap thrills, but it's no classic.
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
Even the should-have-been-triumphant revelation of the Boogeyman arrives as a CGI letdown of epic proportions.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Boogeyman is just a hyperactive horror flick aimed at teens, with a built-in propensity for lightning-quick edits, piercing sound effects, and a whole lotta s--- gettin' tossed around.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Christy Lemire - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
- Boston Phoenix
The only thing scary about Boogeyman is the sheer ineptitude of the 'filmmaking' on display.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Compared to recent movies like Alone in the Dark, Hide and Seek, White Noise and The Grudge, this film is freakin' Gone With the Wind.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Boogeyman, shot in Auckland, lives and induces giggles instead of fear in yuckland.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
A welcome throwback to the glory days of scary movies.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
the entire cast seems to be on autopilot, and the behind-the-camera crew doesn't try any harder.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Spends the majority of its running time jerking the audience's chain before coming to an abrupt ending.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
It brings to the big screen that corner of the talent pool where 'who's your agent?' means 'where will you be patrolling Sunset in your 'actor for hire' sandwich-board?'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A thriller that is so generic it can only be dispensed if your doctor checked the 'generic OK' box on the prescription.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Watson goes from "7th Heaven" to "two hour hell" in this scary but senseless movie
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The perfect specimen of style over substance.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Will 2005 be remembered as the Year of the Awful Horror Movies?
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Boogeyman manages to make you do what films like Jeepers Creepers and Darkness Falls wouldn't let you do: believe.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Can't even give in to the spooky delight of its rich cliches like hundreds of other trashy-derivative horror thrill rides...
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Basically. it's 86 minutes of one man having a staring contest with a door.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Some fascinatingly original twists that play with time and space keep the tension ratcheting up till the ending.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
In the end, even the most expert scary-button-pushing can't save a movie this empty of ideas.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Unoriginal and lame.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
so beneath this venerable creature
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Is it over? Watson is asked. Yeah, it's over, he says, possibly aware that he's commenting on his acting career.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...expose the skeletons in Boogeyman's closet-you will certainly come across the bare bones because there's no real meat to this thrill-seeking thud
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
boogey oogey awful
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Because the movie never establishes its internal logic, the action can seem arbitrary and random.
Paul Sherman - Boston Herald
It's coherent, consistent and should prove popular with the kids its intended for.
- E! Online
Frankly, watching dark closets for 90 minutes may not have been the best idea for a film. Watson unfortunately doesn't have the screen presence to carry it off.
Fred Topel - About.com
The not-too-frightening, plodding Boogeyman proves that major Hollywood studios like to dump all their stinkers at the beginning of the year.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Makes you yearn for the days when they got a few things down on paper before they started shooting a movie.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There is little time spent on plot and character and way more emphasis on jarring sound effects and fast-paced camera trickery.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
When did young girls rollerblading backward become the universal symbol for spooky?
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Boogeyman represents flat-out suckage. It is a haphazard assemblage of horror cliches, punctuated by the occasional so-loud-it-makes-you-jump noise on the soundtrack.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Instead of heightening one's fear of closets, it simply creates an overwhelming urge to head straight for the nearest theater door.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
If you can't spell 'bogeyman,' you shouldn't make movies about him.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
If Boogeyman signals more films like this to follow, there are far worse nightmares out there to come than whatever is lurking in your closet.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
A generic spook-fest on par with its generic title.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Once Emily Deschanel, older sister of Elf's Zooey, steps on screen to provide Tim with a formidable female co-star, the film finds its rhythm.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
They do a competent job of creating a spooky mood, unfortunately other than ambiance this film has nothing. The script is as empty as the closet.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
They didn't even rip off the classics, for crying out loud!
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Bereft of even the slightest hint of style, creativity or originality, Boogeyman is endlessly boring, blatantly nonsensical and, frankly, absolutely worthless.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The celluloid equivalent of Jokey Smurf.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The tooth fairy in a tutu is scarier than the ill-conceived Boogeyman.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Director Stephen Kaye does a good job creating a spooky atmosphere but the script is short on dialogue, while running out of steam towards the end.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A chill-free, suspense-deficient thriller that is not only an enormous waste of time and film stock, but also insanely empty and heavy-handed.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
If you're 12 years old, or if you scare easily, Boogeyman is not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Edited too spastically to be of any use....a slow-leaking tire which goes flat before we reach a destination.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
An incoherent grab-bag of disconnected shock effects--stylishly mounted but ultimately empty and pointless.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion