Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe

From the writer and director of 2013's Evil Dead - and starring its lead, Jane Levy comes this suspense thriller following a young trio who rob the wrong blind man. Far more able than he appears, when the lights are cut out the victim gains a horrifying advantage. Produced by Evil Dead's Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

2016Rating: R18, Violence, sexual violence & offensive language88 minsUSA
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Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

A nasty little addition to the minor 2016 horror boom, Don't Breathe tops up its surfeit of straight-forward jump scares with an impressively disgusting third-act reveal. Coming in the wake of the success of fellow mid-range horrors like Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, Don't Breathe has a comparatively grittier aesthetic, which it confidently leans into.

3.0

Don’t Breathe is a thriller worth checking out.

Don’t Breathe is directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead). Starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette. When three thieves decide to rob a blind man’s house in hopes to score a wealthy sum, little do they know that the man is a more than capable of defending himself from any threats they may possess. With a simple yet intriguing plot, Don’t Breathe...

4.0

It has all been done before but this one nails it for steadily escalating tension and sustained terror

Two hallmarks of the horror-slasher genre are that we always take the victim's side and that we are cool with people dying multiple times. It's a genre that uses standard fear formulas like good and bad guys trapped in dark enclosed spaces, maybe a mad dog thrown in or an evil old man with awesome strength. The genre-bending Don't Breathe (2016) carves out...

4.0

I do love these kind of films.

They are kind of in between genres. Not a horror, nor a thriller. An intense thriller maybe. . Don't Breathe is really well done. The storyline is great. It takes its time to build up, laying down the groundwork, and then when it starts, there's little reprieve. . I didn't find it scary, but the overall tone and feeling of the film is pretty unsettling. I...

4.0

Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe is a tense and superbly executed home invasion thriller that moves at a breathless pace and is consistently entertaining. Excellent cinematography. Stephen Lang is fantastic and creepy as "the Blind Man". Grade: B

4.0

Don't Think

Spoiler Alert! I reveal some fairly minor plot-points about Don’t Breathe below – nothing big, but if you want to go into the film completely blind (heh-heh) turn back now… Don’t Breathe is a skilfully-made little thriller that gets a lot of things right that many modern thrillers tend to get wrong. It has a happy emphasis on suspense over gore, a clear...

3.0

Thrilling Fun!

Damn, Stephen Lang looks badass good for 64. He plays a blind, military vet, living alone in a big ol' house in the rundown part of town. All sad and lonely following the hit-and-run death of his daughter. Poor guy. Only, as three would-be thieves who break into his house one night soon find out, he’s about as helpless as a killer shark with a nick in his...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Alvarez quiets his movie down to a game of cat and mouse, a luxury in a climate in which horror is all about maximum volume.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While its script could have been written on the back of an envelope, its editing and use of sound design is a triumph.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A genre film done spectacularly well. If you like your shocks hard, efficient and expertly delivered, this will be one of your films of the year.

4.0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, "Don't Breathe" is just about perfect.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A devious and demonstrative piece of home invasion mischief that also leans heavily, and ingeniously, on blindness as a crucial plot device.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A trapped-in-a-house thriller pitting thieves against an unexpectedly resourceful victim, the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An intense, streamlined exercise in gruesome thrills, with a tiny glimmer of social context (it's all about the economy) which doesn't take away from the exciting struggle to get out of this house of horrors.

4.0
Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

A nasty little addition to the minor 2016 horror boom, Don't Breathe tops up its surfeit of straight-forward jump scares with an impressively disgusting third-act reveal. Coming in the wake of the success of fellow mid-range horrors like Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, Don't Breathe has a comparatively grittier aesthetic, which it confidently leans into.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Alvarez quiets his movie down to a game of cat and mouse, a luxury in a climate in which horror is all about maximum volume.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While its script could have been written on the back of an envelope, its editing and use of sound design is a triumph.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A genre film done spectacularly well. If you like your shocks hard, efficient and expertly delivered, this will be one of your films of the year.

4.0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, "Don't Breathe" is just about perfect.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A devious and demonstrative piece of home invasion mischief that also leans heavily, and ingeniously, on blindness as a crucial plot device.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A trapped-in-a-house thriller pitting thieves against an unexpectedly resourceful victim, the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An intense, streamlined exercise in gruesome thrills, with a tiny glimmer of social context (it's all about the economy) which doesn't take away from the exciting struggle to get out of this house of horrors.

4.0

Don’t Breathe is a thriller worth checking out.

Don’t Breathe is directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead). Starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette. When three thieves decide to rob a blind man’s house in hopes to score a wealthy sum, little do they know that the man is a more than capable of defending himself from any threats they may possess. With a simple yet intriguing plot, Don’t Breathe...

4.0

It has all been done before but this one nails it for steadily escalating tension and sustained terror

Two hallmarks of the horror-slasher genre are that we always take the victim's side and that we are cool with people dying multiple times. It's a genre that uses standard fear formulas like good and bad guys trapped in dark enclosed spaces, maybe a mad dog thrown in or an evil old man with awesome strength. The genre-bending Don't Breathe (2016) carves...

4.0

I do love these kind of films.

They are kind of in between genres. Not a horror, nor a thriller. An intense thriller maybe. . Don't Breathe is really well done. The storyline is great. It takes its time to build up, laying down the groundwork, and then when it starts, there's little reprieve. . I didn't find it scary, but the overall tone and feeling of the film is pretty unsettling. I...

4.0

Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe is a tense and superbly executed home invasion thriller that moves at a breathless pace and is consistently entertaining. Excellent cinematography. Stephen Lang is fantastic and creepy as "the Blind Man". Grade: B

4.0

Don't Think

Spoiler Alert! I reveal some fairly minor plot-points about Don’t Breathe below – nothing big, but if you want to go into the film completely blind (heh-heh) turn back now… Don’t Breathe is a skilfully-made little thriller that gets a lot of things right that many modern thrillers tend to get wrong. It has a happy emphasis on suspense over gore, a clear...

3.0

Thrilling Fun!

Damn, Stephen Lang looks badass good for 64. He plays a blind, military vet, living alone in a big ol' house in the rundown part of town. All sad and lonely following the hit-and-run death of his daughter. Poor guy. Only, as three would-be thieves who break into his house one night soon find out, he’s about as helpless as a killer shark with a nick in his...

3.0