The film has two main weaknesses. The first is the creature itself. It is apparent that a lot of money went into the creature's CGI presentation, but in my opinion it is poorly designed. It just looks like a bald, gray, old man in tattered clothes made of smoke... not very impressive and kind of a let-down. The film might have been helped if the boogeyman was never fully revealed.
|You'll wish this guy would die.|
The second weakness is the PG-13 constraints. The PG-13 rating keeps the blood and gore to a bare minimum, which takes away from the film. It also means that while we get to see a girl drowned in a tub, there is no nudity. This just reminds the audience that they are watching a film and takes them out of the story instead of drawing them in.
The only other issue I had with the film is Tim's character. I had trouble empathizing with him. Tim just kind of comes off as a loser who is not only mired in his victimhood, but drags other people down with him. If Tim had a little bit of a spine, perhaps with a brain attached, the film would have been better for me.