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Must-Read Reviews: “Sinister 2”

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  August 25th, 2015
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Every week, abortion we’re going to take a take a look at some of the must-read reviews of the week’s big theatrical releases. This past weekend, the big release everyone was talking about Sinister 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2012 hit. Unlike the original one though which scored a 62% approval rating on, this sequel faced a lot of criticism from critics who only gave it a 13% rating on the review site.

Here are a few must-read reviews about the new scary movie.

Simon Abrams, Sinister 2 is so close to being a good movie that everything bad about it seems ten times worse. Check out the full review here.

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: “But now that we know the story’s grim logic, the first film’s quietly haunted uncertainties — and Ethan Hawke’s sturdy portrayal of a selfish, befuddled true crime writer wracked by grisly voyeurism — are sorely missed.” Check out the full review here.

Kyle Anderson, “When the time comes to evaluate the breadth of Ethan Hawke’s career, we should look past obvious slam dunks like the Before trilogy and zero in on the first Sinister, a mildly goofy slurry of boogie man clichés given remarkable weight by Hawke’s steely stare and convincing terror.” Check out the full review here.

Rafer Guzman, “Directed by Ciaran Foy, Sinister 2 tends to grab at ideas that don’t quite gel.” Check out the full review here.

Brian Formo, “Deputy So-and-So provided a little dumb levity in Sinister, but he cannot lead a film. He looks dumbfounded by everything — granted there’s a lot to be dumbfounded by.” Check out the full review here.

Dave White, “Not helping matters is the new batch of 8mm home murder movies, the gory meat, as it were, of the franchise’s appeal. Visual stakes are heightened here, to an absurd, laugh-inspiring degree, the deaths sliding into the realm of Saw-style ridiculousness.” Check out the full review here.

Justin Lowe, ” Also lacking star Ethan Hawke, Sinister 2 comes up a bit short on creative resources, although director Ciaran Foy probably gets enough right to entice those partial to the original.” Check out the full review here.

Bilge Ebiri, Sinister 2 has heart — which is a weird thing to say about a movie in which one family is eaten alive by rats — and that makes a difference.” Check out the full review here.

Perri Nemiroff, “As a big fan of the original film, I had loads of fun considering the new perspective and how it enhances the mythology, but at the same time, it also feels wrong to have enjoyed any of it.” Check out the full review here.

Keith Uhlich , A.V. Club: “There’s a kernel of a good idea here about how abuse is a beast in and of itself, with Bughuul representing, to some degree, the Collins family’s demons made flesh. Yet Sinister 2 never delves deep into that thematic thread, preferring to expand its mythology in the way of so many diminishing-returns horror sequels. ” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.