Roger EbertFull Review Below Average There are flashes of inspiration here...These things aren't much, but when dealing with something as stale and formulaic as "Friend Request," you have to take what you can get. One could say that it doesn't disappoint, although one would also have to lower the bar of expectations...
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor It predictably utilizes Facebook to superficially spit-shine another wanly Americanized J-horror retread....Friend Request eventually arrives at its inevitable and somewhat offensive punchline: No death or dank hallway can rival the existential terror of having lunch alone in a college campus.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 10 moviegoers:
TEENS: The lone male loved it and the two ladies enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The 3 males weren't real impressed. They felt it was just an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Two of the ladies enjoyed it very much and one rated it "average."
ADULTS: The lone male in this age group felt it was an "above average" movie, meaning he enjoyed it very much.
Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) shares everything with her
more than 800 Facebook friends. One day she accepts a friend request from
classmate Marina (Liesl Ahlers), an awkward outcast. But when Laura excludes the
hoodie-clad loner from her birthday party, she makes the mistake of posting
pictures of the happy gathering. Outraged by the snub, and then devastated when
Laura unfriends her, Marina kills herself, unleashing evil forces that
commandeer Laura's Facebook page and post a video of Marina's gruesome suicide.
Soon, one by one, Laura's classmates Gustavo (Sean Marquette), Isabel (Brooke
Markham) and Olivia (Brit Morgan) fall prey to demonic forces that include
homicidal swarms of wasps. Laura's Facebook page is mysteriously hacked and
begins displaying videos of each of her friends' horrific deaths, triggering a
drop in Laura's social media followers and turning her into a campus pariah.
Kicked out of school for the out-of-control postings, Laura joins forces with
her boyfriend Tyler (William Moseley) and tech-savvy friend Kobe (Connor Paolo)
to try and stop the killings. Together, they uncover secrets of Marina's past
and learn of her involvement with the ancient witchcraft of the "Black Mirror,"
which serves as a portal to evil spirits. Laura tracks the demonic forces'
origins to a remote site where they face off against the deadly social media
terror gone supernaturally viral.