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New The Forest movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Focus Features released their new horror/thriller flick, “The Forest,” into theaters today, January 8th, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. And it doesn’t look like they liked it too much at all, giving it just a measly overall score of 35 out of a possible 100 across 12 reviews at

The movie stars: Eoin Macken, Natalie Dormer, Osamu Tanpopo and Stephanie Vogt. We’ve included comments from a couple of the critics,below.

Bill Zwecker over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an ok 75 grade, saying: “With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort.”

Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 50 score. He said: “First-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish.”

Neil Genzlinger over at The New York Times, gave it a 50 score as well, stating: “A decently executed creeper built around a convincing performance by Natalie Dormer.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Much more concerned with the emotional ties between twin sisters — both played by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer — than scaring the pants off audiences.”

Peter Keough from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “Zada gets credible performances from Dormer and Kinney, but their characters undergo such unlikely psychological contortions that these efforts are to no avail.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 score, saying: “For the record, Gus Van Sant recently made “The Sea of Trees,” set in the same infamous suicide forest, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe. In its contrived sentimentality that film is twice as frightening as this one.”

Justin Lowe over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 score. He said: “Although he can’t quite get a grip on guiding the lightweight narrative, Zada demonstrates a fluid visual style, particularly in the complex sequences filmed in the forest settings.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a really bad 10 grade, claiming: “The accusations of cultural tone-deafness wind up being fairly moot, since The Forest turns out to be so generally inept and non-scary that to boycott it would give the film more attention than it deserves.” Stay tuned.

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