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
Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
To say that TheCabin in the Woods isn't your average horror movie is like observing that King Kong isn't your average ape.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The idea is to set up a movie we've seen a hundred times before, and then to rearrange it into something new and deliriously satisfying.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Cabin is a meta-horror-comedy mash-up that, at least for two-thirds of its running time, holds together smartly.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie's gory silliness, but I have the feeling it may be overpraised for infusing a modicum of wit into a genre that usually demonstrates so little.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The movie invigorates the genre, which is a rare and welcome thing.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
As Goddard and Whedon jump back and forth, the pieces snap into place; then just when you think you've got it all figured out, they throw something else at you.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Cabin goes beyond the parody of the Scream franchise into darker, richer territory.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
If it's true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
All the actors do a decent job with whatever is thrown at them -- usually sharp objects.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The target audience is clearly horror geeks with a clear knowledge of the genre and its cliches. But if you are one of those people, then you'll probably not enjoy a movie more this year.
Oliver Lyttelton - The Playlist
Certainly one of my favourite films of the year so far and a must-see for anyone wanting to be genuinely shocked by the places a walk in a dark, dark wood can take you.
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
[Whedon finds] an inventive way to subvert the genre with a re-twist of the dreaded knife of horror, and a very acute Big Brother eye.
Oliver Pfeiffer - FILMINK (Australia)
I think you'll find that your visit to the genre-bending The Cabin In The Woods will prove to be one of the most unabashedly enjoyable trips in years. I hope you enjoy the ride.
The Cabin in the Woods will undoubtedly be one of the best horror-thrillers you'll see all year, as well as one of the best films. It will also standout as an all-time horror classic.
This sassy, exhilarating monster mash will provide riotous entertainment for all but the faint-hearted.
This isn't just the funniest slasher movie I've ever seen. It's probably the slasher movie to end all others. There's no point in making another. Seriously, this film says everything there is to say about the genre.
Kristian M. Lin - Fort Worth Weekly
Like most of the Scream movies, The Cabin in the Woods provokes chills of dread even as it hilariously deconstructs the horror movie sub-genre by sub-genre.
Do yourself a favor and go see it. Then, when talking about it with friends who haven't seen it ... shhhhhh.
Scott Renshaw - Salt Lake City Weekly
Clever enough to make you reconsider how you look at horror films. And a ton of fun, too.
Horror films are supposed to be scary, but not very smart. The Cabin in the Woods is both. It's about as clever as you can imagine a film of this type being that is also this wicked and this brutal.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
It sounds like the oldest horror story in the book but from the first scene of The Cabin in the Woods it's clear that the director, Drew Goddard, and his co-writer, Joss Whedon, are bent on turning the formula upside down.
Jake Wilson - Sydney Morning Herald
Let's just say that if you trust in all things Joss Whedon (director of the recent Avengers triumph), the mere mention of his skilful and inventive co-scripting collaboration with talented Drew Goddard will be recommendation enough.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
An amazing, tidy little thriller that, like its Escher-like movie poster, gleefully turns the horror genre upside down.
On paper, The Cabin in the Woods is an exercise in knowing the drill, but Goddard executes it with serious brio and wit.
Richard von Busack - MetroActive
The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism.
Christopher Kelly - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
The best thing to do in relation to The Cabin in the Woods is to avoid spoilers and go see it.
A great one-off idea brilliantly executed.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
If The Cabin in the Woods were a meal, it would consist of 90 minutes of studying a well-written menu, and then ordering the cream pie, which arrives in your face. Sweet, sweet release.
Chris Knight - National Post
Taking its cue from Michael Haneke's deeper, crueler Funny Games, The Cabin in the Woods explores why we-sicko viewers-take pleasure in the suffering of others.
Laura Kern - Film Comment Magazine
One hottie, one cutie, one stoner, one jock and one intellectual go to a remote cabin in the woods. If this sounds like a setup for a joke, well, it kind of is.
John Serba - MLive.com
An original and audacious horror-comedy that oftentimes works better than it should.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
This is a movie that knows it is capitalizing on the cliches and stupidity of its genre, but refuses to bow to the same simple-minded standards to achieve something more
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
The Cabin in the Woods is crammed with so many twists and turns that the mere thought of reviewing it and ruining the fun for others is scary in and of itself.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
I don't know that this movie exceeded my expectations, but it certainly matched them.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Whedon's and Goddard's screenplay reads like both a love letter to horror movies and a good-natured treatise on what's wrong with them.
Mark H. Harris - About.com
The Cabin in the Woods manages to throw the horror and comedy genres into a blender, and the result is a delicious product that's ridiculously fun and warrants watching at least once.
Gregg Katzman - UGO
The best movie of the year so far.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Would you like your head thoroughly messed with? Then check straight into The Cabin in the Woods.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The pleasure in The Cabin in the Woods comes from its audacious tuggings-away of the dramatic rug under your feet.
Jonathan Romney - Independent on Sunday
Taking a leaf out of Scream director Wes Craven's book, Joss Whedon both uses and skewers horror film cliches for this enjoyable tongue-in-cheek slasher.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie about horror movies. Except not really. It's a horror movie about what horror movies do for us, about why narratives of horror mean something to us.
W. Scott Poole - PopMatters
A fiendishly clever genre Rubik's Cube that demonstrates, if nothing else, how much Fangoria fare benefits from the wicked wit of a real writer.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
Like Scream before it, the film is a simultaneous dissection and celebration of all the tropes to which it pays homage, while also managing to be a superb example of the genre in its own right.
Dan Kaufman - Paste Magazine
The Cabin in the Woods is a quick-witted, mind-bending fright fest. A truly rare and original horror film.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
In a year that's looking to have a very strong lineup of horror and genre movies, it's very likely that The Cabin in the Woods will come out the king of the hill.
Noah Lee - Film Threat
The result is a film that might be too smart for its own good, a piece of meta-fiction that's all meta. The Cabin in the Woods isn't trying to scare us as much as it's trying to enlighten us about being scared, then settles for amusing us about it.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
While this film is not for everyone -- those who like their slasher film cliches without irony shouldn't bother -- anyone who likes brains to go with their blood are bound to appreciate what Whedon and Goddard have conjured.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Whedon refuses to keep the cliches entirely intact. In keeping with the overall theme, nothing is entirely what it seems, and nobody is entirely who they seem.
Joe Gross - Austin American-Statesman
By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
The Cabin in the Woods is a fiendishly clever, constantly imaginative horror thriller that keeps springing new surprises on the audience right up until the end credits.
Jack Rodgers - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's all great fun until the ending, which feels a little too safe, simple and silly to what had otherwise been an enjoyably twisted horror film.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
One part horror film, and one part comedy with a hint of self reflection on a genre lacking challenging concepts.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The Cabin in the Woods is both chilling and cackle-inspiring. Most significantly, it's consistently surprising, and that alone is cause for recommendation in the age of endless reboots and the non-stop barrage of demonic possession movies.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A surprisingly entertaining effort that works because it strikes a smart balance - embracing as well as rejecting viewer expectations and knowledge of the horror genre.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Just take my word on it, this film rocks. If you are disillusioned with the state of modern horror (and you should be) this is just the shot in the arm the genre has needed.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
The Cabin in the Woods is nothing short of brilliant.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Cabin is perfectly enjoyable without ever quite feeling like there's anything at stake.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This is a must-buy Blu-Ray. The Cabin in the Woods is an excellent movie, it looks and sounds great, and there are plenty of informative bonus features. Highly recommended.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
What I can definitely tell you, without giving away any of its secrets, is that Cabin In The Woods is going to be a pleasant surprise for just about everyone.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have gone all out to revitalize [the horror genre] with their brilliant take on an old tale.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The most maniacal monster movie ever created.
Erick Weber - NECN
An instant classic, endlessly clever and thrilling, and well worth the wait.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Playing on the cliches of the genre, the film avoids being a straight-out spoof by building to a satisfying, over-the-top climax.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
The Cabin in the Woods does for horror what Annie Hall did for the romantic comedy.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
The Cabin in the Woods is smart, savage fun written by fans for fans.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
The movie is one wonderfully, maze-like con game.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
A bloody open love letter to the horror genre that's funny, scary, and thought provoking. One of the best films of 2012.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Witty, scary and wickedly entertaining, The Cabin in the Woods takes on and savages the biggest monster in the horror genre: caricature.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
I personally wouldn't consider it a game-changer but The Cabin In The Woods kept me on my toes and has many interesting elements.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Unflinching as it is unconventional, this gory composite of multiple genres also might be the first thinking man's slasher film.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A mind-blowing horror-show cocktail of gods, movie monsters and mythology.
Neil Pond - American Profile
What's not to like? Horror fans with a brain will dig the clever script. The gore is there along with a true sense of concern for the victims. If only all horror films could be like "The Cabin in the Woods."
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Some fans may not cotton to its over-the-top evisceration and reanimation of genre history, but I found it exhilarating, like one of those special-issue comic-book splash panels in which the artist tries to squeeze in as many superheroes as possible.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A smart, and occasionally daring, homage to horror movies that both satirizes the genre and brings new life to it.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Whedon & Co. obviously have more fun with this genre than most people.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
This horror-reality movie is extremely well-crafted. It has some humor to go with all the mayhem and the story keeps you guessing for a while.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The Cabin in the Woods revisits the formula that lets viewers feel superior (in terms of knowledge) and also anxious (because of that knowledge).
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It's hard to overlook the transition from smart to smart-assed and the dispensation of credibility for a weightlessly nihilistic punchline.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
... dumbass slasher-movie hokum ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
I won't be so bold as to declare 'The Cabin in the Woods' the Best Horror Movie Ever Made, but it is sort of the ultimate expression of the genre. 'Genius' is a word I'm toying with.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Veteran writer Joss Whedon and first-time director Drew Goddard deconstruct the horror genre like never before.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Unless you're a Whedon buff, wait for DVD.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Goddard and Whedon clearly achieve exactly what they set out to do, even if it is just as clearly not in line with the mass audience's expectations.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
All the meticulous buildup leads to a hugely satisfying payoff. Despite all its ironic detachment, it has tons of laughs, some truly jaw-dropping moments, and a couple scenes of unexpected poignancy that make it more than a parody movie.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Not for the nervous, and possibly not for the novice horror aficionado, 'The Cabin in the Woods' is gory good fun that could easily be spoiled if I go into too much detail ... which I refuse to do.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...enough unemployed characters from Whedon's failed series Dollhouse to staff every Abercrombie & Fitch in Beverly Hills.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Clever enough stuff until the computer generated monsters run amok.
really just another instalment in the live-action Scooby-Doo franchise
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A fun puzzle movie.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
An absolute delight; though I will not vouch for the delight apt to be received by those not well-versed in the genre it so playfully references and mocks.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The Cabin in the Woods is the closest anyone's ever likely to get to a lighthearted stoner version of Michael Haneke's Funny Games.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Quirky and fun but not as great as it thinks it is.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
like a senior thesis about the modern horror genre masquerading as a movie
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This may be the most creative American horror film in decades.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Cabin in the Wood has a lot of fun with the conventions of straight-ahead schlock.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
The first movie in a genre often known for its meathead simplicity, that's nearly undone by the scale of its ambition.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
What follows is what could be described as a clever and wildly fun deconstruction and reassembly of the standard Hollywood horror flick.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
It's a horror movie about horror movies; it destroys horror movies, too.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Keep your brain working while you watch this movie.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Toes the line between parody and deconstruction, but it transcends its subject matter rather than just subverting or co-opting it.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Utterly novel and audacious, The Cabin in the Woods completely rewrites the scary movie as we know it. Intelligent, imaginative and too much fun, it redefines and sets a new standard for the horror movies that will come after it.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Meta musings leave this reviewer cold
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A smart and fun horror film
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Highly recommended for fright fans interested in a more cerebral brand of bloodletting.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
What do you do when a genre has completely played itself out? You reinvent it one last time and let all hell break loose.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Do you remember what it was like to have fun [with] horror movies? I do...and so does the film.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It aims to play fast and loose with the splatter formula.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A forceful, funny, frightening and ingenious horror flick.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
In the end, is "Cabin" much more than Whedon and Goddard flexing muscles in mental masturbation? Not really. But watching them pull it off is worth a couple of tickets to their gun show. After all, as one character says, it is cooler with a Merman.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Equal parts "Hatchet" and "Hunger Games," "The Cabin in the Woods" is a successful mix of horror and science fiction.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
This movie borrows elements from several genres, throws the concoction into a blender and what comes out is a dish that is edible, but too soggy to enjoy. Too hipster and meta for its own good.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
The Cabin in the Woods cooks up angles from every possible cliche horror film, pops them into the oven, peppers to taste and - presto - an original recipe.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
To reveal anything more about this film would be criminal.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
But it's not so much the "why" as it is the "how," and I personally found the payoff quite satisfying.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
A twisty puzzle, as promised by the Rubic's Cube cabin on the film's poster, this blood feast has gore galore to satiate your thirst.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Everybody likes to be in on an inside joke, but so many horror films have hopped onto the bandwagon of self-awareness that the joke itself may be getting tired. If anyone could reinvigorate the concept, it's Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
It looks as if the film has an ambition to do for horror cinema what the Book of Revelations did for Christianity.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
The film deserves credit for trying something original and having the courage to follow through on its vision.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Whedon slays again with a triple onslaught of horror, humor & sci-fi. Forget about staying away from the cabin; rather, stay away from all the spoilers. Just go and see for yourself.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
It's pretty clear from The Cabin in the Woods that co-writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard love horror movies almost as much as they are annoyed by them.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Funny, smart and blood-soaked use of an old horror trope. Fans will spend much time freeze-framing the eventual video release to catch all the details.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
This long-awaited horror movie is smart and fun, packing unexpected surprises while cleverly recalibrating genre expectations.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
"The Cabin in the Woods" gets at the story underneath the story, and the reason behind the cliches.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A genre-bending concoction of horror, action and comedy -- a big ball of Evil Dead, Scream, Matrix, The Hunger Games, Scooby Doo, Zombieland, and a lot of season 4 of Buffy.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
This movie has its tongue so firmly in its cheek, it's poking through and making a really nasty hole.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Analyzing Cabin in the Woods after the fact is in some ways more satisfying than actually watching the movie itself.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The less you know, the more you'll enjoy it, and we're not going to spoil it for you. That's what the Internet's for.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Dare I suggest that [this film] is better at exploring questions about our voyeuristic culture ... than The Hunger Games? Yes, I think so.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
It's funny and witty at times, and it has some decent jolts here and there. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The wonderfully inventive meta-story leads to a riotous conclusion that trashes the rules of the teen fright flick.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
It's fun and gives this genre a new twist.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
Dave White - Movies.com
This movie gives me faith that Hollywood is actually willing to do something outside the box in the name of entertainment.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The expected happens, but with a twist.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
This is a movie that's worth seeing... for the clever story, for the hype. And the less you say about it to your friends, the better... just convince them to go with you.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This Cabin may not be the Parthenon, but it's definitely a place to worship the gods of horror.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The most daring, original, and innovative horror movie I've seen in more than a decade.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The script is inspired, the direction is sprightly, and the third act does not falter. And everything you need to know is in the title. Well, almost everything.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
While I feel the movie cuts to the chase a little too soon, possibly due to budget constraints, it's one heck of an entertaining ride.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
The Cabin in the Woods stays strictly within the preset motion picture mandates. If two years on the shelf results in something this fun and refreshing, then all movies should be left to age. This one has matured magnificently.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
A horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie-the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
May be the strangest, yet, oddly compelling movie you will ever see in your life.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
This movie might look like a scream-fest from the outside, but what you get on the inside is a very clever and extremely funny pseudo-scarer.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
The Cabin In The Woods has some big laughs and lashings of gore...
- Liverpool Echo
Most horror movies adhere to genre conventions, subvert them or spoof them. Producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay together, do all three at top speed.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Everything about "The Cabin in the Woods" is a delicious practical joke...
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
It doesn't always work and it's rarely scary, but damn if it isn't entertaining as hell ... But Goddard and Whedon are striving for something more than just spectacle for spectacle's sake, and that's where they stumble.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
For all of its many intellectual pleasures, and smart commentary, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it's over, you just want to get back on and go again.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
For the first two acts, it works better when it is going for laughs rather than scares, but by the time the climactic battle comes around all bets are off as the film turns into a Willy Wonka funhouse of homage and carnage that is most satisfying.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The less you know about this movie going in, the more fun you're going to have.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The Cabin in the Woods is a shrewd, ingenious look at the programmatic elements of the genre, a satire that is also a lenient celebration, and it could wind up being a set text in any MA course in horror.
Clever meta-horror, with plenty of hyuks to match the yuks.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Wry nods to The Evil Dead, Ringu, Hellraiser and A Tale Of Two Sisters, among many others, will delight fanatics.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
One of those rare films that's just pulsing with energy on so many levels - as genre-loving comedy, as straight-up horror, and as something you've simply never seen before. The Cabin in the Woods is a great film.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A next-generation Scream, a self-referential horror film that tongue-in-cheekily deconstructs its own genre.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
You should expect the unexpected and that's what we get as a traditional horror movie set up gives way to some droll, increasingly bonkers post-modern nonsense...
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The film manages not only to present the genre with knowing winks and give it a few necessary nudges but also treats it with undeniable respect.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This film plays with our expectations of what a horror movie is and tries to upend them, and for the most part succeeds.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The end result is an admittedly uneven piece of work that does seem as though it'd benefit from repeat viewings...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Fans of Whedon are fond of repeating the mantra "In Joss we trust" - and with good reason.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
A motion picture about the endurance of horror as a historical watermark, where it has been, and where it might be able to go from here, it's no less than an all-encompassing celebration of a too often spit-upon genre.
Close to geek paradise ... the movie may be funnier than it is scary, but for the right crowd, this collection of nightmares will feel like the best dream ever.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A deliciously dark horror-thriller that brims with twists, turns and sneaky secrets and manages to spin the horror genre on its head to really deliver some smart chills.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
The script for this horror romp is almost too inventive, cleverly combining clashing genres and playing hilariously with a range of cliches while thoroughly grossing out the audience.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
I haven't enjoyed a film as much since The Artist, and this is easily the most fun I've ever had watching a slasher movie.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The movie, heavily hyped by fanboys and long-delayed, isn't scary. By the third act, Whedon has written himself and his characters into a corner too silly to gracefully get out of without cheating.
Whedon and Goddard (who penned horror film Cloverfield and here directs his first feature) have clearly had enough of the old cliches. But out of their dissatisfaction they have created a cool, crazy movie.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Where Scream put a postmodern twist on slasher films, The Cabin In The Woods takes on the whole genre and twists even harder.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The filmmakers have a real love for the horror genre and its tropes and archetypes, and while much of what goes on here will have special resonance for fellow buffs, you don't have to be a scholar of spooky movies to appreciate how the story's being told.
It's not until the last third that the movie shakes off the obligatory plot points and goes somewhere truly creative and interesting.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It has so much else going on with it that even those not already predisposed to the horror genre will find it a blast as well.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
As a take-off on genre convention it's amusing, even if as a horror movie it proves rather mild.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
You can expect twists, laughs and freshness.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Set to emerge as the year's best horror movie.
Catherine Bray - Film4
It's a smart, nasty picture, reinvigorating stale screenwriting ingredients -- a delirious valentine to slasher archetypes and monster mayhem.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
...fun and meta-aware, but hardly original - it's like the Scooby Doo group entered an Evil Dead/Chainsaw mashup via The Truman Show, and "Scream" already ran with the concept.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
You may think you've seen this before, but you haven't seen it quite like this.
Ann Lewinson - Kansas City Star
The movie is smart, funny, unpredictable, deeply weird, and thoughtfully cast...
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A remarkable and genuinely captivating original.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
"Cabin" is so bent on switcherooing the heck out of us that it ends up resembling a TV soap such as "Glee"...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The only comedy-horror that ever worked was An American Werewolf in London - and it worked because it was about character.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
A horror movie that's clever and surprising? That's entertainment. Kudos to Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
It's outrageous but also great fun.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A supremely creative and original horror/comedy that goes in some genuinely shocking directions.
Stephen Silver - Patch
...a film of such frothy geekery that watching it is like having a comic-book store dropped on your head.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A post-Scream scream, this genre puzzle rearranges the pieces to create quite the hoot.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
If you think you know where this movie is going, then you have no idea what you're in for -- and that's the beauty of it.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Cabin is really, really fun. But here's my minor quibble: All the fun gets in the way of the scares.
Geoff Berkshire - HitFix
A much-needed smack upside the head to anyone expecting a typical slasher flick, and a must-see for anyone who's ever wanted to smack any horror character for ever suggesting that everyone should split up.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
A very entertaining, very intelligent dissection of horror movie cliches.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
I've always wondered how people in horror flicks make such terminally stupid decisions... and where the old coot predicting doom gets his information. This movie answers, in a freaky-gory manner so far off-the-wall that it could be a coffee table.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Not so much scary as it is a fun and twisted carnival of modern horror.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
a genre film that offers a considerable amount of horror and a lot of fun, especially as the leading characters seem to be variations on the old Scooby-Doo team.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
From the moment the title card hits the screen, you're guaranteed to be entertained as consistently as you are surprised.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Enjoyable, blackly comic horror with strong performances, a decent balance of gore and gags and a script that's both witty and inventive...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Anyone who presumes to love horror movies needs to see The Cabin in the Woods.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
A terrifying horror film, a cackle-worthy satire and a thought-provoking dissection of the genre.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
It's ... remarkable to see a mainstream movie touch on so many fascinating, powerful ideas without losing sight of its prime directive: to scare the socks off its audience.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
A dazzling blend of scary movie cliches and self-referential callouts subverted by a mind-warping twist that the writers roll out slowly from the beginning rather than saving for a conventional 11th-hour gotcha!
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Amusing, ingenious and unexpected, revealing what may really be lurking in the darkness.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It works thrillingly for audiences, especially the pointy-headed kind who have been trained to predict the outcomes of every week's slasher.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Absolutely genius movie. Totally brilliant... I don't know how anyone can possibly make a horror movie again. Cabin renders all past and future examples of the genre superfluous...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Look for it to thrill you, scare you and tickle you - all at the very same time. It's a wild ride - hop aboard before someone spoils it for you.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A super-entertaining, super-slick love/hate letter to horror with a final 20 minutes that's stunningly bonkers.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
Is it scary? Not especially. But there are enough gory surprises around every bend to keep you laughing/screaming/cringing.
It's fair to say this isn't just a horror, but one of those winking, meta-exercises in formula apparently written by a very sarcastic fanboy.
For horror hounds who love a larf, and those of us who always wondered exactly what that dry-ice stuff that rises out of the forest-floor moss is.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Spectacle for spectacle's sake, but infiltrated by intelligent commentary and an atmosphere of generosity and inclusion.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
[VIDEO] Before you waste your time and money on this cinematic mongrel, check out "Mindhunters." It's not a perfect slasher picture either, but it's a damn sight better than "The Cabin in the Woods."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Clever and inventive, the film delivers to the hard core horror fans as well as to moveigoers seeking wild fun.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
This is the most fun I have ever had watching a horror film.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
An entertaining and wholly original genre hybrid film that has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The Cabin in the Woods is continually smart, funny and surprising, reflecting horror films back at themselves in new and exciting ways.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Cabin in the Woods is witty, scary and incredibly inventive. This is a must-see genre bending horror movie - miss it at your peril.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
The Cabin In the Woods takes a stereotypical horror film set-up and does extraordinary things with it.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
the audience will have so much fun that they'll leave the theater on a high rather than recognize that everything they like about horror has either been destroyed, or Goddard and Whedon think that it should be.
Todd Gilchrist - Chiller TV
Whedon and Goddard aren't just having a fun little go at tired horror movie conventions -- they're trying to nuke the entire genre.
Jen Yamato - Movieline
The strength of 'Cabin' comes in the playful nature of the screenplay. Goddard and Whedon play everything tongue and cheek in a completely meta atmosphere.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
Detention, which will come out this year.. goes to the next level on meta movies. But Cabin isn't trying to be meta; it's focused on genre. Those are different types of satire so I can appreciate Cabin taking genre further than ever.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
You'll feel like horror is revitalized, like its importance is more obvious than ever. That might be Cabin's greatest achievement, reminding us why we love and need this genre.
Drew Goddard's giddily brilliant The Cabin in the Woods has a lot on its twisted mind.
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
Though it has the potential for real greatness it settles for ultimate audience satisfaction, which is pretty close to greatness anyway.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
A massively entertaining, awesomely inventive twist on the traditional 'teenage kids go to a spooky house in the woods' genre that falters in the final reel, when things get too bizarrely excessive.
Dave Golder - SFX Magazine
Horror cinema subversiveness need not preclude actual horror, a fact that's unfortunately lost on The Cabin in the Woods.
Nick Schager - House Next Door
The finest horror comedy in years, The Cabin in the Woods is a potent, hilarious apology for decades of generic horror fare.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Intelligent, witty and cine-literate in a charmingly self-referential way, The Cabin in the Woods sets out to do something different and does it with bravado.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
'Cabin In The Woods' is not just a great horror film, but also a thesis on why we need horror films and what role they serve in our diet.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix