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New Blair Witch movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Lionsgate released their new horror/thriller flick, “Blair Witch,” into theaters today, September 16th, 2016, and all the reviews have been turned in by the top movie critics.

It turns out that they were pretty mixed about how they felt about it, giving it an overall 46 score out of a possible 100 score across 36 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid and Wes Robinson. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.

Kevin P. Sullivan from Entertainment Weekly, gave it an ok 75 grade. He said: “Blair Witch is the Hollywoodication of a film that defied the industry, and it works because of the profound respect for the original that hides beneath camera work that’s too good and a cast that’s too attractive.”

Bill Zwecker over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 grade, stating: ” Big kudos go out to screenwriter Barrett for creating a script that throws out so many curve balls. Just when you think the story is going in one direction — you get some nice jolts and surprise twists.”

Guy Lodge from Variety, gave it a 60 score, saying: ” Setting up a number of promising kinks in the now-standard found-footage formula, as the seemingly spooked forest begins to close in its hapless victims, Blair Witch disappointingly casts most of them aside for a finale that does little to advance the series’ existing mythos.”

Peter Hartlaub over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “This time, it seems as if there’s a little less magic in the woods.”

Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “Wingard’s movie, for all its abundant mischief, doesn’t trust the power of its own illusion. You can see these woods a lot more clearly now, and what you see is that you’ve been here before.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a 50 grade, stating: ” Blair Witch does manage to generate occasional moments of tension, particularly when it strays from the first film’s narrative and peeks into some new dark corners.”

Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “What’s scarier—someone yelling boo or the sound of someone, or something, whispering it in the distance? Blair Witch has plenty of yelling, but not nearly enough that gets under your skin.”

Leslie Felperin from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “By sticking so slavishly to the original Blair Witch film’s template, the result is a dull retread rather than a full-on reinvention, enlarging the cast numbers this time but sticking to the same basic beats.”

A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, stating: “The acting and filmmaking are too crude to make you care about what happens to any of them, even though you know pretty much exactly what that will be.”

Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 38 grade, saying: “Running and screaming may be essential to a lot of horror movies, but as Blair Witch shows, they’re not scary in themselves. For that, you need the stuff between the running and screaming.”

Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 score. He stated: “The upshot is that Blair Witch comes to the party very late and very tired, and it doesn’t improve from there.”

Lastly, Edward Douglas from the New York Daily News, gave it a 20 grade, saying: “An even bigger crime is that Blair Witch isn’t particularly scary, maybe because it’s hard to take any of it seriously when it’s just treading so much similar ground as the first movie.” Stay tuned.

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