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964 Ratings

The Invitation

Directed by Karyn Kusama
United States, 2015


While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

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The Invitation Directed by Karyn Kusama
Though it debuted about 18 months before the 2016 election, Karyn Kusama’s sinister, rattling The Invitation gets at the tenor of contemporary American life better than any other recent horror film.
October 25, 2018
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A perfectly enjoyable dinner-party-of-the-damned contraption that also increasingly overreached for significance as it went along (an ambition embodied in a final shot that expanded the script’s bottle-episode scenario to apocalyptic proportions). But in attempting to do a lot with a little, it captures something of the enduring appeal and importance of horror films, which is that they’re ideally suited to punch up from a comparatively low-down purview, in terms of both budget and prestige.
December 22, 2016
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I can’t say it’s as moving or uncompromising as No Home Movie, or as wholesome as even also-rans like The Family Fang and Louder Than Bombs, but The Invitation is the best time I had in a theater in April. Not that it’s joyful—the film plumbs authentic-enough-seeming reserves of grief while ratcheting up an almost unbearable (but pleasurable) tension over the course of one flashback-supplemented dinner party, and leaves you feeling unwell, because it works.
April 29, 2016
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