The Cabin in the Woods Reviews

  • Even when all hell breaks loose, that hell is cushioned by air quotes, with the audience buckled up for benign, heady fun.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • There is a scholarly, nerdy, completist sensibility at work here that is impressive until it becomes exhausting.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Let's just say that if you like smartly twisted spins on worn-out horror cliches and if you have a strong stomach for flying body parts, put down the newspaper/laptop and go - we'll talk later.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • More than anything else, Cabin feels like the endgame of so-called fanboy culture in the way in which it is first and foremost about itself, interested only in a fundamental adherence to rules of its own devising and fenced off from the world at large.

    Mark Olsen — Village Voice

  • Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • You needn't be a fanboy to enjoy the moment when the ride really takes off and the spectacle flowers. A scary imagination will do just fine.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • What the movie finally is, then, is a diversion: a reasonably smart and exceptionally well-constructed one. And nothing more.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The filmmakers are less interested in providing a slow buildup to their frights than in splattering the cliches of the form in funny, spirited ways.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • This is not a perfect movie; it's so ragged, it's practically constructed of loose ends. But it's exciting because it ventures so far off the map.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Whedon and Goddard bake their cake and eat it too.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Mind blown, hair on fire. Seeing "The Cabin in the Woods" set a new personal benchmark for fiendishly creative takes on genre entertainment.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "The Cabin in the Woods" is a fantastic poke in the eye of our horror-movie expectations.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • An entire row of what they call "fanboys" at the screening I attended laughed all the way through the movie, although I failed to see anything remotely amusing.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Not since Scream has a horror movie subverted the expectations that accompany the genre to such wicked effect as The Cabin in the Woods.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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