Vacancy Reviews

  • Vacancy is a schlock surprise: a no-frills motel-hell slasher film -- with a bit of soul.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • This banal horror retread involves a couple of critters flailing inside a sticky trap for what is, in effect, the big-screen equivalent of a roach motel.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • well, however much I wanted to love it, the same old sorts of things happen, and the rigorous plausibility and consistency on which everything depends are thrown away.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's welcome to see another movie that relies more on apprehension and suspense than torture chambers. Vacancy might not get Mr. Hitchcock smiling from above. But he won't be spinning in his grave, either.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • [Director] Antal's slickly edited, fast-moving style is the best thing about this otherwise-cliched movie.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • There's no agenda in Vacancy other than to keep you in a state of nervous collapse for 85 minutes, but [director] Antal fulfills it honorably for the most part.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • [Director] Antal smartly adheres to the no-frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore.

    Tim Grierson — Village Voice

  • Short, sharp and to the point, Vacancy has a single goal, and that is to scare the hell out of you. It's not as gleefully sadistic as, say, Hostel, but it will give you one very rough night's sleep. Naturally, I mean that as a compliment.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A quick and dirty job, a mean little movie ripping off the atmosphere and decorations of Psycho and a half-dozen other horror-thriller classics.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • If Psycho and Peeping Tom are the seminal killer-as-voyeur movies, Vacancy is the nasty little runt offspring with no other purpose in life but to gnaw on you. This it does uncommonly well.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • You start to think you're going to get a first-rate psychological thriller and instead you get third-rate schlock, with some legitimate scary moments but no insight into the motivation behind [Frank Whaley's character's] psychosis.

    Teresa Budasi — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The kind of sleazily effective horror/genre movie Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were trying for in Grindhouse. Vacancy catches you by the throat and puts you through the wringer.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • 80 minutes of formulaic unpleasantness isn't even close to my idea of a good time, and I doubt that Hitchcock himself could have done very much with Mark L. Smith's script.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Vacancy, in the end, simply offers a particularly aggressive brand of couples counseling.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Director Nimrod Antal works with razor-sharp skill, amping up the horror with suggestion and anticipation rather than flashy embellishments.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Passable spook-show nightmare scary fare.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A riveting little shocker in which a viewer buys into the entire grisly premise.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Seldom has criminal violence been so unabashedly used for entertainment, in a story in which the criminals are perpetrating violence to be sold as entertainment.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • Packs a lot of old-fashioned shocks into its taut 80-minute running time.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Strictly by-the-numbers horror.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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