Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "A good horror movie is hard to find in cinemas today. You can get gory horror flicks that have high body counts, but in doing so you have to sacrifice a good plot. You can get well-rounded characters, but you usually have to give up the blood and gore, which helps make horror films actual horror films. No one seems to be able to find a balance of telling a spooky tale with actual characters worth investing into anymore. Scott Derrickson‘s Sinister is that horror movie that gets everything right. It’s extremely effective in delivering the horror goods, but it’s also a great character film that focuses on a struggling writer just trying to reclaim his fame."