The Djinn

critic Reviews

, 88% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by Ezra Dewey's standout performance, The Djinn serves up a scary, sleekly effective cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for.
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    This indie horror movie isn't just a lesson on the price of getting what you wish for; it's also an 82-minute class on how to make an unnerving film on the cheap.
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    Kristy PuchkoPajiba
    Charbonier and Powell know how to brew atmosphere and empathy, creating child characters who feel fleshed out and not like precocious poppets to be pitied or fawned over.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    The Djinn is often as plodding as it is impersonal. This movie crawls whenever it needs to sprint.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    I cannot say The Djinn did much for me.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    With their debut, Charbonier and Powell proved a rare grasp of childhood horror, and keeping the perspective of youth among adult sins.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    "The Djinn" is rooted in classic be-careful-what-you-wish-for O. Henry and Stephen King storytelling.
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    The Djinn is the kind of movie that proves that big budgets and a marquee cast are sometimes just icing on the independent filmmaking cake...
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    Erik ChildresseFilmCritic.com
    David Charbonier & Justin Powell are the next horror filmmakers to watch. Between this and The Boy Behind the Door they have figured out that less talking amplifies the terror.
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    Dan ScullyMovieJawn
    The Djinn maintains a pretty consistent level of tension throughout, with a handful of tiny reprieves peppered here and there to make it all bearable.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Clever visual flourishes and Jacobs' expressive performance help build enough suspense to overcome child-in-peril cliches.
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