(I) (2015)

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Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
The Invitation is supremely well-crafted.
Slant Magazine
A charged, unnerving turn of the screw, The Invitation is consumed by the fear of forgetting.
Village Voice
The buildup stretches longer than it should, but the payoff comes with a satisfying bang.
While some viewers may complain that the action is too heavily weighted toward the ending, I’d argue that this is a strong example of destination-not-the-journey film-making.
This well-acted, beautifully modulated exercise represents director Karyn Kusama’s strongest work in years, revealing an assurance of tone, craft and purpose that haven’t been in evidence since her Sundance prize-winning debut, “Girlfight.”
The Playlist
A taut thriller that almost doesn't waste a single step.
The Invitation maintains a unique intrigue that constantly defies expectations.
It's a welcome human-scale outing for a director who stumbled upon leaping from 2000's breakout debut Girlfight to the would-be tentpole dud Aeon Flux.
There are a number of things that work in The Invitation: The cast is uniformly great (Tom Hardy – er, I mean Marshall-Green – is a standout, Lynch basically has a monopoly on the creep factor at this point in his career), and the film is elegantly shot.
The Film Stage
As the tension effectively builds and pay-off is pulled off with aplomb, The Invitation is a mostly effective small-scale thriller, despite some missteps along the way.

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