Initiation

critic Reviews

, 61% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Although Initiation struggles to balance its gorier goals against the story's social commentary, that added maturity makes this slasher a slight cut above.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    The kills get boring very quickly; I've seen cheese-grater injuries that were more grisly.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    No horror movie ever gets the fraternity-sorority scene right, but this one is trying to be thoughtful, at least.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is better than an average hack-and-slash, thinking about more than just blood and gore -- although there is plenty of blood and gore.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Don't bother trying to figure out whodunnit because the revelation makes no sense.
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    Shane PfenderAustin Chronicle
    Even when the killings reach their crescendo, there is a notable lack of true terror, due mostly to the fact that most characters lack the depth to warrant much audience concern for whether they live or die.
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    Matthew PejkovicMatt's Movie Reviews
    Repels against the usual tropes and ups the stakes through a great use of drama that elevates the scares.
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    Natasha AlvarCultured Vultures
    The first half of Initiation is competent and well-done. Unfortunately, the slasher elements don't gel well with the narrative that was built up, so the end result is quite the mixed bag.
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    Bobby LePireFilm Threat
    While it's not hard to guess all that Initiation has in store, the writers ably ensure that each component complements the rest in a truly invigorating fashion.
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    J.D. GillamStarburst
    The cinematography is pretty decent but, aligned with a story that looks like it's been written and directed by those who have seen a couple of '80s slashers and thought they could easily pull it off, it doesn't make up for the shortfalls elsewhere.
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    Rob AldamBackseat Mafia
    Mixes modern campus sexual politics and online bullying with an old-school slasher tale to create an uneven yet entertaining revenge thriller.
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