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  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Jan
from Film Forum, 03/03/05

So here's a film about an estranged brother (Jesse Eisenberg) and sister (Christina Ricci) getting back together and mending their relationship. A sweet, sappy story? Hardly. The reason they're back together is that a werewolf is after them, and they're fighting for their lives. Such is the premise of Cursed. Kinda gives new meaning to the term "sibling rivalry," doesn't it—only this time the siblings aren't the rivals, but a scary creature.

Though it finished No. 4 at the box office, the religious critics who saw it say the movie itself might as well be cursed. It's that awful. Here are some of their "biting" remarks:

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "The only people who are 'Cursed' are those unfortunate enough to have to sit through this banefully bad horror flick about a young television producer and her geeky teenage brother, who find themselves in increasingly hairy situations after being bitten by a werewolf-at-large in their Los Angeles neighborhood."

Tom Neven (Plugged In) calls the movie "an unholy mess in more ways than one. It was drastically rewritten and large portions of it reshot after they'd wrapped up principal photography in the summer of 2003. It's hard to see where the 'improvements' were made."

The mainstream press also hated it, including one who calls it an "idiotic movie, even by werewolf standards."