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The Cabin in the Woods

In this surprising spin on a classic horror setup, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway. But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 92%
Critics' score: 92   Audience score: 76   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre. full review

Tom Charity, CNN.com

By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum. full review

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

And you thought you were just headed for a weekend getaway. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

A horror movie embedded in a conspiracy flick embedded in another horror movie-the most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since The Evil Dead and the canniest genre deconstruction since Scream. full review

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

The climactic one-two punch of special-effects chaos and meta-movie chin stroking should have the fanboys trembling with delight. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

"The Cabin in the Woods" gets at the story underneath the story, and the reason behind the cliches. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

If it's true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Everything about "The Cabin in the Woods" is a delicious practical joke... full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

For all of its many intellectual pleasures, and smart commentary, Cabin in the Woods is a visceral roller coaster of a movie at heart. And like the best thrill rides, when it's over, you just want to get back on and go again. full review

Cabin is a meta-horror-comedy mash-up that, at least for two-thirds of its running time, holds together smartly. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Movies that mean to deconstruct movies seem to be made solely by and for cinema vampires, those ghost-faced geeks whose pallor is rarely challenged by exposure to the sun. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

A pulpy, deceivingly insightful send-up of horror movies that elicits just as many knowing chuckles as horrified gasps. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

You needn't be a fanboy to enjoy the moment when the ride really takes off and the spectacle flowers. A scary imagination will do just fine. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Though there are plot holes in the elaborately concocted scenarios, The Cabin in the Woods gets points for the twists and turns that come along with its sly wickedness. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The filmmakers have a real love for the horror genre and its tropes and archetypes, and while much of what goes on here will have special resonance for fellow buffs, you don't have to be a scholar of spooky movies to appreciate how the story's being told. full review

Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

All the actors do a decent job with whatever is thrown at them - usually sharp objects. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Zest counts for a lot, and resonance carries the day. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

There is a scholarly, nerdy, completist sensibility at work here that is impressive until it becomes exhausting. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Available From: May 03, 2013
  • Queued by: 5358 people
Directed By
Drew Goddard
Cast
Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker
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