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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers are less interested in providing a slow buildup to their frights than in splattering the clichés of the form in funny, spirited ways."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"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
"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)
"The best thing to do in relation to The Cabin in the Woods is to avoid spoilers and go see it."
‑ Ian Bunting, Daily Record [UK]
"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
"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
"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
"An amazing, tidy little thriller that, like its Escher-like movie poster, gleefully turns the horror genre upside down."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"A great one-off idea brilliantly executed."
‑ Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"The setup is intriguing but the balance feels off. Goddard and Whedon overplay the winking postmodernism."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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
"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
"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
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