Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2016-04-21
Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2016-04-21
John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.
Scott Marks, San Diego Reader, 2016-04-21
Will is the proxy through which we experience the increasingly confounding web of suspicion and surprises that are obfuscated by social niceties and facades of politesse.
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 2016-04-15
Accept "The Invitation" and don't ask any more questions.
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2016-04-15
It's an unusually evocative achievement in suspense, and in a brand of cinematic paranoia unique to the hills, canyons and denizens of LA.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2016-04-14
The Invitation maintains a unique intrigue that constantly defies expectations.
Eric Kohn, indieWIRE, 2016-04-11
A skillfully executed slow-burn thriller for a cynical age.
Katie Rife, AV Club, 2016-04-11
It's simple stuff, but it's remarkably effective, working to a sinister climax that largely pays off after 90 minutes of build-up.
David Sims, The Atlantic, 2016-04-08
The mysteries of grief form the emotional core of director Karyn Kusama's unsettling thriller.
Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News, 2016-04-08
Kusama ratchets the story's tension masterfully, building to a final shot that's as chilling as it is perfect.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2016-04-08
An intimate, highly effective chiller in a confined space with an armrest-grabber of a payoff.
Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com, 2016-04-08
If the movie works as well as it does, it's because Ms. Kusama can coax scares from shadows, silences and ricocheting looks.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2016-04-07
Kusama's handling of point of view is diabolically shrewd. She maximizes the terror potential of the vapidly ostentatious modernist mansion without fetishizing it. She intensifies the monstrosity of some of the characters by making them all too human.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2016-04-07
Kusama ratchets up the tension expertly; we, like Will, become increasingly uncomfortable, seeing evil omens everywhere.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2016-04-07
With the wickedly sharp The Invitation, Kusama has demanded that Hollywood give her a seat at the table. I'd give her one - or else.
Amy Nicholson, MTV, 2016-04-06
The buildup stretches longer than it should, but the payoff comes with a satisfying bang.
Abby Garnett, Village Voice, 2016-04-05
Those patches eventually get unsmoothable in a climactic sequence that more than pays off on the sometimes iffy buildup.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-02-22