The Last House on the Left Reviews

  • This remake is merely vile (and dull), with a badly miscast Tony Goldwyn as the raging dad who makes revenge for his daughter's violation look more gratuitously brutal than the crime.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • I suspect the movie's sound designers deserve some kind of an award: thanks to them, the damage one can inflict with small appliances and a giant grudge is all too clear.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • The narrative structure is ingenious and sexual assault is at least shown as having dramatic and human consequences of some sort, if only in the context of revenge. Wasn't the original movie enough?

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Not only is it plodding and completely predictable, the carnage is rendered slowly and quasi-reverentially, making the whole brutal experience come off like torture porn.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • In the end, like virtually every other remake that has been released recently, it's polished and predictable.

    Mike Mayo — Washington Post

  • This remake plods to its finale.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It fails, through its villainy; this trio of baddies resembles a dive-bar slumming suburban psychobilly band, no meth-breath hazards.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Last House on the Left is so stomach-churningly anti-human it makes you wonder why Goldwyn...and Potter signed on.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • In this era of torture porn, this film seems intent on reconnecting audiences with the power and intensity of real-life, even quiet and casual creepiness.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Unlike the slew of Michael Bay- produced slasher remakes, this is not an idea-free flick. And Craven (shepherding producer on this remake) believes in character. More, he believes, in engaging what the word "horror" means.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Extremely entertaining if you don't mind being morally corrupted at every juncture.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • I'm giving it a 2.5 in the silly star rating system and throwing up my hands.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This what it is: a stark story of bloodthirstiness quenched, first by the obvious antagonists, then by sympathetic, civilized characters who avenge the atrocities that have come before.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • What registers now is the simple cruelty of fate, as unlucky coincidences lead to the direst of consequences.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The Last House on the Left is the best in the latest crop of slasher remakes. Admittedly, that is faint praise.

    Tirdad Derakhshani — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Sure, the movie is predictable (a convenient storm causes power outages and therefore the dark house is creepily candlelit and who knows who's lurking behind the door), but it keeps its audience on edge.

    Kara Nesvig — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Someone somewhere will probably try to foist The Last House on the Left remake off as some sort of social commentary. Don't be fooled. It's not.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Unnecessary on every level save the paramount commercial one.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • The remake is much glossier but also takes place mostly in real time, using long takes, genuinely disturbing violence and stretches with no dialogue to pin you to the story.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • This is a horror movie that illustrates the difference between cringing and feeling.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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