The movie sinks so deep into deathly atmosphere that there's no life to it.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Through the murk and gloom of The Abandoned; a mystery emerges: Why didn't this go straight to DVD?
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Perhaps the worst offense of The Abandoned, however, is that so little effort is made by the screenwriters to make any 'sense' of it all.
Erin Meister - Boston Globe
The relatively tame horrors on display here may disappoint fans of the director's gut-spelunking short Aftermath, which made him an underground hero on the abra-cadaver circuit.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
Dean Essner - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Eerie frights here are more a matter of sheer dread-soaked atmosphere.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Slow, moody haunted-house shocker; not for kids.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
And at the end of the equation, things just don't add up.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
"This horror flick is atmospheric and often frightening, but the lack of a solid narrative creates a lethargic pace."
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
It is, to put it simply, a totally kick-ass horror movie that should be seen by every self-respecting fear film fan.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
All haunted house movies feature labyrinthine corridors and darkened rooms, but few achieve the tangible depth and texture of The Abandoned. After so many inferior generic excursions and aberrations, Cerda's film feels like a homecoming.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
The work of a master visualist trying to walk the line between narrative and visual spectacle. The story is there, but it just sits on the side of the visual experience.
Brian Holcomb - PopMatters
A definite fascinating and creepy mystery that leads up to a very surreal finale I enjoyed...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A weird and wicked tale further emphasizing that you can never go home again, especially if you never lived at home in the first place
Jason Gorber - Film Scouts
Despite some effective atmosphere at times, this multi-European produced supernatural thriller is a tedious snoozer
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A sort of haunted house story, "The Abandoned" has scary atmosphere, decent acting, an interesting setting %u2013 everything but a coherent story line.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Cerda quickly lets slip his woeful lack of skill with a curious, "arty" predilection for switching camera focus in the middle of a shot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...inert and inept...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Director Nacho Cerda succeeds in pushing the haunted-house movie into an abstract realm where the past and present fold into each other.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
At its best, it's an effective shocker with an atmosphere that seeps into your very bones. The problem is it's not always at its best, and when it isn't, it really isn't.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Heralds the arrival of a new talent that every horror fan should keep their eyes on, if they're not covering them with their hands.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
As the heroine wanders around her old, rundown childhood home, the movie itself wanders, trying to find its purpose, meaning, and even, it seems, a worthwhile starting point.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is coming from a guy who really enjoys a "slow burn" ghost story: The Abandoned is a grade-A snoozer.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
The last thing a filmmaker named Nacho needs is more cheese.
Jim Ridley - L.A. Weekly
Alas, this is another faceless frightfest in which its so-called boisterous boo is not conducive to its creepy-crawling bite.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
By the film's downbeat climax, Cerda's dread of death and uncertainty about digging too deeply into what's better left buried have become palpable, and The Abandoned lingers beneath the skin as any decent horror movie should.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Abandoned is grim, incoherent, and about as thrilling as a college lecture.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Abandon all hope of entertainment, ye who enter here...dreary as well as dull.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Dave White - Movies.com
If only [Cerda's] storytelling and filmmaking techniques were on par with his compelling subject matter, The Abandoned might have been a horror movie worth screaming about.
Jay Antani - Boxoffice Magazine
Aside from a severely sagging midsection, the horror and suspense aspects are far from, er, abandoned by first-time director Nacho Cerda.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
An admittedly stylish piece of work that's ultimately undone by an overly deliberate pace and increasingly confusing screenplay.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[Director Nacho] Cerda's craftsmanship and his overall sense of seriousness keep The Abandoned from being a bad film, but it simply isn't very scary or involving. It just feels too familiar and dull.
Jim Hemphill - Reel.com
Creepy, genuinely scary, and above all else, original.
Johnny Butane - Dread Central