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Black Christmas

A group of students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. A remake of the 1974 horror film 'Black Christmas'.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States
Owen Gleiberman
"[It is] rooted in something relevant and interesting (...) The result is an innovative if at times crudely diverting fright flick"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Ben Kenigsberg
The New York Times
"Some of the new ideas are silly (...) But if the 2019 'Black Christmas' is not nearly as chilling as the original, it is genuinely barbed as gender satire"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
"Ineffective both as a thriller and as violent feminist wish-fulfillment (...) [It is] a blunt object in a fight demanding either sharp knives or explosives"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Tim Grierson
"'Black Christmas' is uneven and overreaches, and yet its anger at a misogynistic society gets its claws into its audience."  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Kristy Puchko
"Ever striking, Poots is joined by a charismatic ensemble (...) Blended brilliantly, this remake of 'Black Christmas' makes for holiday horror that's a tantalizing and terrifying treat."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"It’s an unwieldy and messy thing, drearily directed and boringly written, taking its agenda seriously yet not providing a robust enough framework to surround it (…) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States
Jude Dry
"[It lacks] in the nuance department (...) Though entertaining and slickly made, some things can never compare to the original"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"This works well enough as a boilerplate cat-and-mouse game for a while, but the spirit of sly, nimble feminism is too often dragged down by clumsy plot mechanics"  NEU
Jake Wilson
The Age
"On its own terms, the film is risky enough and young viewers who see it without much advance knowledge of what to expect may well feel that they’re getting more than what they bargained for. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
Molly Freeman
Screen Rant
"Takal delivers a movie that's not quite a fun B-movie, not quite a scary slasher film, not quite an intelligent feminist commentary and, ultimately, not quite enjoyable (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States
Kimber Myers
Los Angeles Times
"Fans of the original (...) might not love writer-director Sophia Takal’s take, but 'Black Christmas' is a fun film that gets its kicks out of literally smashing the patriarchy."  NEU
United StatesUnited States
William Bibbiani
Bloody Disgusting
"A gift for modern horror fans (...) It’s a classy slasher filled with great characters, memorable kills, thoughtful commentary, and some go-for-broke, burn-it-all-down ideas (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Elizabeth Weitzman
The Wrap
"The script is often so literal and heavy-handed that it can feel weirdly behind the times (...) Takal and Wolfe are utterly sincere in their idealism"  NEU
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