Vacancy 2007

Critics score:
56 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Lean, mean and without a single frame of self-conscious, aren't-we-cool humor in its 81 minutes, Vacancy is exactly the movie the bloated Grindhouse should have been. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: The kind of sleazily effective horror/genre movie Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were trying for in Grindhouse. Vacancy catches you by the throat and puts you through the wringer. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: If Psycho and Peeping Tom are the seminal killer-as-voyeur movies, Vacancy is the nasty little runt offspring with no other purpose in life but to gnaw on you. This it does uncommonly well. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: 80 minutes of formulaic unpleasantness isn't even close to my idea of a good time, and I doubt that Hitchcock himself could have done very much with Mark L. Smith's script. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Efficiency isn't everything, and [director] Antal sacrifices too much in order to sustain tension: Imagine what Michael Haneke or Brian De Palma would have done with a premise like this one. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: A riveting little shocker in which a viewer buys into the entire grisly premise. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: There's no agenda in Vacancy other than to keep you in a state of nervous collapse for 85 minutes, but [director] Antal fulfills it honorably for the most part. Read more

Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times: Vacancy becomes a critique of sadistic thrillers, at the same time still serving as a crackerjack example of the genre. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: So little is going on in it that you might as well be watching a sadistic lab experiment performed on mice. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: A quick and dirty job, a mean little movie ripping off the atmosphere and decorations of Psycho and a half-dozen other horror-thriller classics. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Passable spook-show nightmare scary fare. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Vacancy is a schlock surprise: a no-frills motel-hell slasher film -- with a bit of soul. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: An all-night cat-and-mouse game, conducted with antic drive by director Nimrod Antal and carried along with conviction by the cast. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Short, sharp and to the point, Vacancy has a single goal, and that is to scare the hell out of you. It's not as gleefully sadistic as, say, Hostel, but it will give you one very rough night's sleep. Naturally, I mean that as a compliment. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Packs a lot of old-fashioned shocks into its taut 80-minute running time. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Strictly by-the-numbers horror. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Vacancy, in the end, simply offers a particularly aggressive brand of couples counseling. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A nicely compact, tense thriller that loses a little of its punch as a result of a rushed, generic ending. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, A near-toxic mismatch of script, cast and director. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Teresa Budasi, Chicago Sun-Times: You start to think you're going to get a first-rate psychological thriller and instead you get third-rate schlock, with some legitimate scary moments but no insight into the motivation behind [Frank Whaley's character's] psychosis. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The point of Vacancy is the terror, not the torture. Horror is vastly more effective when left to the mind's eye and it is what we can't see in Vacancy that truly frightens. Read more

Trevor Johnston, Time Out: It's not pretty, but it's certainly vacant. Read more

Joshua Land, Time Out: Read more

David Fear, Time Out: Vacancy may be trying to bridge both worlds, but it ends up straddling the fence. Read more

Scott Bowles, USA Today: It's welcome to see another movie that relies more on apprehension and suspense than torture chambers. Vacancy might not get Mr. Hitchcock smiling from above. But he won't be spinning in his grave, either. Read more

John Anderson, Variety: Seldom has criminal violence been so unabashedly used for entertainment, in a story in which the criminals are perpetrating violence to be sold as entertainment. Read more

Tim Grierson, Village Voice: [Director] Antal smartly adheres to the no-frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: [Director] Antal's slickly edited, fast-moving style is the best thing about this otherwise-cliched movie. Read more