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The Others (2001)

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83

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 123 | Rotten: 25

The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.

65

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 12

The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 341,254

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Movie Info

On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits in vain for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace has been raising her two young children alone in her beautiful, cavernous Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe. But they are not safe. Not anymore. When a new trio of servants arrives to replace the crew that inexplicably disappeared, startling events begin to unfold. Grace's daughter reveals she has been communicating with

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Alejandro Amenábar

May 14, 2002

$96.1M

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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (123) | Rotten (25) | DVD (35)

A welcome change of pace from most contemporary scary stories, where the shocks come with all the subtlety of flashers jumping out of park bushes.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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I saw the ending a mile away and couldn't have jumped higher.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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A tantalizing spine-tingler.

August 14, 2001
Washington Post
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It's atmospheric, stylish, and spooky. The plot is well thought-out and its secrets and mysteries are unveiled slowly. Unfortunately, it is also cold, distancing, and moves at a glacial pace.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Mr. Serling would be pleased.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Bumpy at first, with a few too many clichés and an awful lot of doors opening and closing. But by its final image -- a beautifully fading portrait through a window -- I was swept in.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's obvious that Amenábar is trying to subtly build layers of ghostly tension, but man, till it nears the climax, this movie crawls.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Good but creepy; may be too intense for some.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Others is a modern horror film with an old-fashioned touch, relying on suggestion and suspense to generate fear.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Nicole Kidman's brilliant turn dominates this sumptuously made supernatural thriller, which sustains creepy tension without relying on gory violence or special effects.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The Others, like its popular predecessors The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects, keeps us (here, literally) in the dark for the entire movie and then, just before everyone packs up to leave, throws a shocking curve our way making us rethink everything we

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

The ending is rather predictable, but the rest of the film is very skillfully wrought, with excellent performances by adults and children alike.

January 15, 2005 | Comments (7)
Looking Closer

A must see - or should that be scream?

August 18, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

in this elegantly crafted, chillingly effective tale, [everything] is significant. Nothing in the writing or directing is left to chance.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

For every dozen slasher films, there is one genuinely innovative and hair-raising horror film that dares to take chances and force you to rely on your imagination

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The final reel of The Others is reasonably captivating, but the 85 minutes that come before it are mostly just dull and atmospheric.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Like a stranger following in the blackness of twilight, The Others creeps up on an audience when they least expect it and leaves them breathless and dreading. It's a throwback to psychological terror films of yesteryear. There's no blood or foresee

November 26, 2002
Billings Outpost (Montana)

Good ghost story ... genuinely creepy.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Writer-director Alejandro Amenabar has assembled a chiller that's thoroughly engrossing without ever grossing us out, and he's gotten an intense, masterfully modulated performance from Kidman that easily ranks among her finest.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Unlike most films about the supernatural, this spellbinding psychological thriller creates suspense through character-development and atmosphere, not by relying on creepy special effects.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Muitos filmes são capazes de provocar sustos; poucos, porém, conseguem causar arrepios como Os Outros.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Hey, Shymalan, De Bont...This is how you make a haunted house/ghost story!

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The sound effects editors and cinematographer ... had a field day with this film.

May 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Watch it, and see what was wrong with the Zemeckis/Ford/Pfeiffer flop What Lies Beneath.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

...relies as much on the evocation of mood as it does on things that go bump in the night.

April 26, 2002
Movie Metropolis

[Kidman's performance turns] Amenábar's simple genre piece into a suggestive fairy tale meditation on mothers and their children.

April 2, 2002 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Audience Reviews for The Others

Steeped in mood and ominous forebodings here is horror of the old school. Without humongous kitchen knives or weird masked killers or buckets of gory bloodletting, but only the growing sense of "something's wrong, something doesn't feel right, and I don't know what it is". Remember the creepy wonder you felt as a child ... wondering what was out there in the dark ... that terrible anticipation combined with dread, and you'll know what this film delivers.
March 14, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

This stylish, gothic, period ghost story marked the first English-language film for director (and writer, and composer) Alejandro Amenabar.

Set on an isolated island in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the film focuses on a very devout woman whose two children suffer from a (real) disorder that causes them to be highly sensitive to sunlight. Longing for her husband who left to be in the war years earlier, the lady and her kids try to adjust to the addition of a new housekeeping staff in their dim, spooky mansion after the disappearance of the old staff. To complicate matters, the family is under the belief that their home is haunted.

While the general story (and the ending especially) aren't the most original ideas, the film is still a fairly well crafted thriller. It's anchored by some solid performances, especially from Nicole Kidman, and it has some top notch cinematography and sound design/editing, which really add to the appropriately dreary mood, tone, and atmosphere of things. Of course, I expected a film that features light/dark as a main component to have fine cinematography.

The film is a slow burner, and somewhat telegraphed/predictable, but it's still an enjoyable ride while it lasts. I also appreciate how the film doesn't really resort to the visceral in order to elicit shocks and scares, even though I do like a good bloodbath on occasion.

All in all, it's decent, and would probably please those who like slow burning chillers, and anyone who goes nuts for Hitchcock, specifically what he did with Rebecca.
April 28, 2013
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I have always thoroughly enjoyed this uniquely suspenseful horror!
Original and spectacular performance from kidman .
This is what a paranormal\ spooky movie is all about!
March 29, 2013
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Great mystery/suspense film that will keep you guessing throughout. What I liked about this film is that no special effects or graphic killing scenes are needed to demonstrate its message. It uses classic suspense techniques to drive the film and make it scary. I would strongly recommend watching this if you are looking for a great film in this genre.
September 11, 2012
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

    1. Grace: Leave us in peace!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (11 months ago)
    1. Grace: Where is my daughter?
    2. Anne: Are you mad? I am your daughter.
    – Submitted by KevBot O (22 months ago)
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