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Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. -- (C) Summit

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ..."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"In its own right, it's atmospheric, just not very memorable or scary."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Hawke brings a gravitas to the role of parent and home protector that is of far greater interest than the film itself."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sunday Age
"I especially like inventive horror concepts, or those with a bizarre sense of humour. Sinister has the former: inventiveness, which is increasingly difficult to create in a genre as enormous as horror"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake."
‑ Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?"
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"One of the more authentically scary horror thrillers to haunt the screen in some time, a product of smart filmmaking, intriguing premise and a great lead performance from Ethan Hawke."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Sinister is a subtle, poetic inquisition into the hypnotic power of horrific images ... oh and it's frightening entertainment at its best."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Sinister overcomes an iffy script to reel you in with one seriously creepy vibe."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The much loved Ethan Hawke finds himself in a cheap and cheerless horror film watching images of murders and trying to find the boogie-man before the bad acting around him causes him too much grief."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"It owes more than a debt of gratitude to The Shining and The Ring, among others, but Derrickson processes the chilling influences into an eerie experience mindful of the significance of projected images watched alone in the dark."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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