Indie film figures Joe Swanberg and Ti West play two attendees at a party where four siblings and their significant others are celebrating their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. Most tolerable among this largely annoying crew are Crispian (A.J. Bowen), a college prof, and his Australian girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson), but that’s not paying the two very high praise. The irritation factor grows substantially after the first slaying at this remote Tudor mansion, when half the female cast seems to be competing to shriek the longest.
An unknown number of men, wearing animal masks and wielding crossbows, are stalking the family from without and within the house; since director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett have given themselves so many characters, they start off with a few quick killings in which the victims are behaving so stupidly they’re practically asking to die.
In the absence of sympathetic characters, a little humor would have gone a long way here. But aside from a near-miss sex scene in a bed shared by a corpse, there’s practically none on hand. Only when the reasons for the attack become clear does the movie find its feet, but “You’re Next” ends on a high enough note that buzz on the way out of the theater should work in its favor.
— John Defore,
The Hollywood Reporter