Focus Features dropped their new horror/thriller movie, “The Forest,” into theaters today, January 8th, 2016, and all the major, top movie critics have revealed their opinions, and unfortunately for the movie, they weren’t all too pleased, giving it an over 35 score out of a possible 100 across 12 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film features : Eoin Macken, Natalie Dormer, Osamu Tanpopo and Stephanie Vogt. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics,below.
Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an an average 75 score, stating: “With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort.”
Justin Chang over at Variety, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “First-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish.”
Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade as well. He stated: “A decently executed creeper built around a convincing performance by Natalie Dormer.”
Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it a 50 score, stating: “Much more concerned with the emotional ties between twin sisters — both played by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer — than scaring the pants off audiences.”
Boston Globe’s Peter Keough, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “Zada gets credible performances from Dormer and Kinney, but their characters undergo such unlikely psychological contortions that these efforts are to no avail.”
Michael Phillips over at Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “For the record, Gus Van Sant recently made “The Sea of Trees,” set in the same infamous suicide forest, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe. In its contrived sentimentality that film is twice as frightening as this one.”
Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 grade. He stated: “Although he can’t quite get a grip on guiding the lightweight narrative, Zada demonstrates a fluid visual style, particularly in the complex sequences filmed in the forest settings.”
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it the worst 10 grade. He claimed: “The accusations of cultural tone-deafness wind up being fairly moot, since The Forest turns out to be so generally inept and non-scary that to boycott it would give the film more attention than it deserves.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.