The trouble with the movie, apart from its rather monotonous dourness of tone, is that everyone in the family, especially the reformed-delinquent high school son (Penn Badgley), comes off as tougher, smarter, and quicker on the draw than the stepfather who's supposed to be outfoxing them.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...The Stepfather remake is a shabby substitute for its original.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
...seems to have been made in a bubble, as if nothing had transpired in the world of slasher/horror since the late Donald Westlake (The Grifters) wrote the much-respected original.
—John Anderson Variety
This remake turns a fondly remembered horror/thriller into a mild and tedious suspense film.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter
A lazy PG-13 redo of the enjoyable 1987 R-rated suspense flick about a serial killer in search of the perfect family.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!
...sets the bar for pointlessness, not just for extracting the social metaphor (and, incredibly, the one shock remembered by everyone who?s seen the '87 version), but for arbitrarily changing plot points to far less compelling effect.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club