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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
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
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)
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)
A humourless trudge through haunted house cliches, it's unlikely to scare anyone old enough to get past the box office.
Paul Arendt - BBC
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
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
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
Christy Lemire - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
- Boston Phoenix
Boogeyman, shot in Auckland, lives and induces giggles instead of fear in yuckland.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News