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Ritual, The (15)

Horror

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

The critical consensus

Though Bruckner attacks the frights with full-gore gusto, a climactic recourse to effects-heavy default options reminds us that, in scary movies, short cuts are rarely the smart choice.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 09/10/2017

Straightforward, unpretentious and well-acted, this is a solid if unsurprising genre piece. It may not rise above skilfully delivering horror tropes, but connoisseurs will eat up its refusal to wink at them.

***(*)(*)Andrew Lowry, Empire Online, 09/10/2017

Director David Bruckner knows how to jolt us out of our seats one moment and to repel us the next but there’s nothing here we haven’t encountered before in countless other shockers about innocents and not-so-innocents lost in the woods.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/10/2017

Rafe Spall stars in an efficient horror film with obvious hints of Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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