Imdb Code: 3567288
Release date: 2015-09-11
Director: Universal Pictures
Age restriction: 13
The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.Tweet
Last 34 Comments About The Visit Movie
- Wesley Morris (Grantland) / 9, 11 2017
It was fun watching this with a gasping and screaming audience. For horror-goers, the comparative competence must hit the spot. But there's nothing new here - and what I sensed for 94 minutes was compromise.
- Christopher Orr (The Atlantic) / 9, 11 2017
It is with some surprise-and perhaps even a hint of disappointment-that I must report that The Visit is merely mediocre and not the breathtaking calamity that we've come to anticipate from its author.
- Sara Stewart (New York Post) / 9, 10 2017
Dunagan and McRobbie have a blast in their respective roles, alternating between everyday grandparent oddities and behavior that wouldn't be out of place at the Overlook Hotel. And overall, the young duo makes an affable pair of narrators.
- Randy Cordova (Arizona Republic) / 9, 10 2017
A scary fun-house ride that expertly blends jittery tension and laugh-out-loud humor, it will make you forgive the filmmaker for such major time-wasters as "Lady in the Water," "After Earth" and "The Happening."
- Cary Darling (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com) / 9, 10 2017
The Visit is lightweight and doesn't have the emotional resonance of The Sixth Sense, but it's a welcome return to form for a director who seemed doomed to a future of remembering better days.
- Alan Scherstuhl (Village Voice) / 9, 09 2017
The best studio horror flick in recent years, combining the but-what's-in-those-shadows? immersion of The Conjuring, James Wan's basement-wandering simulator, with the crack scripting and meta-cinematic surprises of Shyamalan's best early films.
- Stephen Whitty (Newark Star-Ledger) / 9, 11 2017
While the production values are simple, the script is sneakily complex. Like the best horror merchants, Shyamalan exploits our secret fears - in this case, of old age, ill health and dementia.
- Ben Sachs (Chicago Reader) / 9, 10 2017
[Shyamalan's] manipulation of tone is impressive - he gets you to laugh at the grandparents' strange behavior, only to shift gears into horror when you least expect it.
- James Rocchi (TheWrap) / 9, 09 2017
Startling but never terrifying, "The Visit" may make a little money, but it does not mark a return to long-lost greatness for Shyamalan. It's more of the same, presented on a smaller, cheaper canvas where you can see every flaw all the more clearly.
- Brad Wheeler (Globe and Mail) / 9, 11 2017
I hear Hollywood whispers. I feel something is amiss. I see dead directorial reputations. And I smell a comeback.
- Peter Hall (New York Daily News) / 9, 10 2017
A messed-up fairy tale that often nails the sweet spot between scaring us and letting us laugh at how scared we are. It's crowd-pleasing horror, the kind that can push moviegoers to the edge of their seats and send them to the water cooler the next day.
- Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) / 9, 10 2017
Not in the same league as The Sixth Sense, but Shyamalan ends a long dry spell with The Visit. No spoilers, except to say that cheap thrills can still be a blast.
- Colin Covert (Minneapolis Star Tribune) / 9, 10 2017
By remaining a smartly staged thriller rather than a formula shocker, it does quite well with precisely what it set out to do: play on all our fears like a Steinway grand piano.
- Richard Brody (New Yorker) / 9, 21 2017
For all its intelligence and craft, M. Night Shyamalan's foray into the genre of found-footage horror has the feeling of homework done well.
- Moira MacDonald (Seattle Times) / 9, 10 2017
It's creepy, sure, but not very enjoyable, basement or no.
- Steve Tilley (Toronto Sun) / 9, 10 2017
Fortunately, The Visit has a lot of (intentional!) laughs between the creepy bits and jump scares, and never takes itself too seriously.
- Clark Collis (Entertainment Weekly) / 9, 10 2017
Suffice to say that the result is an effective scare machine and a semi-return to form for its creator.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (AV Club) / 9, 10 2017
Following a creative low period that found the director trying his hand at effects-driven fantasy and sci-fi, it can't help but come across as a comeback.
- Tom Russo (Boston Globe) / 9, 10 2017
A relentlessly tense journey into the bizarre, with jolts that linger and some nicely played melancholy. What's more, the movie is often surprisingly, wickedly funny .
- Bruce Demara (Toronto Star) / 9, 11 2017
M. Night Shyamalan's latest film may well have been his last chance at redemption. Fortunately, he rises to the challenge and makes The Visit good, scary fun.
- Randy Myers (San Jose Mercury News) / 9, 09 2017
Frightfully fun, with Shyamalan relentless toying with us and cramming in horror genre references.
- Manohla Dargis (New York Times) / 9, 10 2017
The director M. Night Shyamalan has a fine eye and a nice, natural way with actors, and he has a talent for gently rap-rap-rapping on your nerves.
- Steven Rea (Philadelphia Inquirer) / 9, 10 2017
Isn't the whole handheld "real-video" thing kind of old by now? Isn't the Shyamalanian-twist thing kind of old by now, too?
- Michael Sragow (Los Angeles Times) / 9, 10 2017
The honorable tradition of American moviemakers wringing laughs and gasps from bucolic lunatics dates back to "Murder, He Says" (1945). Unfortunately, "The Visit" isn't part of it.
- Rene Rodriguez (Miami Herald) / 9, 10 2017
Here is a movie in which old people are scary because they're senile and icky and incontinent and do baffling things. And they're, you know, so old and wrinkly.
- Tom Long (Detroit News) / 9, 11 2017
There's undeniable fun in watching a couple of veteran actors get strange with two newcomers. "The Visit" may be worth one.
- Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times) / 9, 10 2017
Alas, it's a dopey, only mildly chilling, uneasy mix of horror and dark comedy, scoring few points in either category.
- Geoff Berkshire (Variety) / 9, 24 2017
Even if there's less chance the audience will burst out in fits of inappropriate chuckles, as was often the case in, say, "The Happening" or "Lady in the Water," Shyamalan still can't quite pull off the delicate tonal balance he's after.
- Tom Huddleston (Time Out) / 9, 09 2017
The result is a bizarre, conflicted mess, horrifying when it's trying to be funny, oddly appealing when it turns the screws.
- David Edelstein (New York Magazine/Vulture) / 9, 11 2017
An unoriginal faux-doc horror picture that actually works like a demonic charm.
- Michael O'Sullivan (Washington Post) / 9, 10 2017
An effective if flawed psychological thriller, a modest campfire story with a solid, genuinely startling twist that is likely to restore the faith of some of [Shyamalan's] critics.
- James Berardinelli (ReelViews) / 9, 10 2017
Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms.
- Brian Truitt (USA Today) / 9, 10 2017
The low-budget thriller deftly mixes horror-movie moments, pure strangeness and comedy like a family-friendly David Lynch effort as it takes audiences on one really oddball trip to grandma's house.
- Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle) / 9, 10 2017
Much like Shyamalan's flawed/interesting films "Signs" and "The Village," the filmmaker promises more than he can deliver.