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99 Ratings


Directed by Michael Thelin
United States, 2015
Horror, Thriller


After their regular babysitter can’t make it, the Thompson family turns to family friend Anna to supervise the children while they go out to celebrate their anniversary. What they don’t realize is that their new babysitter is decidedly unhinged.

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Emelie Directed by Michael Thelin

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  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Emelie

    Asinine. The full expository sequence in the middle of the movie - designed for dumb multiplex crowds needing everything explained in plain English - is a complete let down. Such is the state of American horror in 2015: millennial-friendly, uninspired, and remake-ridded. It's a pity, because the opening scene is a phenomenal homage to John Carpenter.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Emelie

    With its stunning opening shot, "Emelie" evokes a mood of autumnal melancholy and suburban dread that recalls John Carpenter's masterpiece "Halloween." This is one of the most genuinely disturbing horror movies I've seen in quite some time. The fact that children's minds can be so incredibly resilient is really the only consolation the audience is offered, because these poor kids are going to be traumatized for life.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Emelie

    What could've been a very tense home-invasion thriller that packed a serious punch turned out to be rather boring - especially in the final act. A slow-burn that doesn't pay off. That being said, there were some chills to be had - and the performances were all pretty good. It had an underlying cheapness that is hard to pinpoint.

  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Emelie

    A brilliant metaphor for the state's and the liberal media's subversion of children's education and emotional development, as portrayed in the figure of the babysitter.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Emelie

    Regardless the admirable performances, “Emelie” would have overcome expectations if less schemed and more qualified in its execution. (2.5 stars)

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Emelie

    Good idea, ho-hum execution. Emelie doesn't go much past its logline as a scare show that suffers from an identity crisis of placating to its simple setup without taking it much further in scares or character dimension. The lack of interest or progression is encapsulated in its last few moments with a Halloween-esque shot. Decent performances but the direction is generic, and it isn't as tense as it should be.

  • Evan Schafer's rating of the film Emelie

    "Emelie" is an engaging modern thriller that is very much steeped in the Hitchcockian tradition, in pacing, cinematography and suspense alike. I enjoyed how the film started out with a feeling of innocence and banality, and grew to an explosion point where all loose ends became tied together. My only comment is that the very closing shot was left open-ended and this was kind of disappointing. Definitely see this.

  • lbunuel's rating of the film Emelie

    This film could've simply accepted the fact that it is a soulless, imbecilic thriller, but, as it is very common nowadays, it had to be more. Hanekette aesthetics; "slow-burning" bullshit; millennial preoccupations; questions about "morals". The performances are some of the worst I've ever seen (with the surprising exception of the kids) and the lack of talent in all areas of filmmaking is really saddening. Garbage.

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