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The Others (2001)



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

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 unexplained apparitions that come and go in every room of the house. At first, Grace refuses to believe in her children's scary sightings, but soon, she too begins to sense that intruders are at large. Who are these numinous trespassers? And what do they want from Grace's family? In order to discover the truth, Grace must abandon all of her fears and beliefs and enter the otherworldly heart of the supernatural.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and frightening moments)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Alejandro Amenábar
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Box Office: $96.1M
Miramax Films - Official Site


James Bentley
as Nicholas
Fionnula Flanagan
as Mrs. Bertha Mills
Eric Sykes
as Tuttle
Gordon Reid
as Assistant
Keith Allen
as Mr. Marlish
Michelle Fairley
as Mrs. Marlish
Ricardo Lopez
as Second Assistant
Aldo Grilo
as Gardener
Rico Lopez
as 2nd Assistant
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News & Interviews for The Others

Critic Reviews for The Others

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's obvious that Amenábar is trying to subtly build layers of ghostly tension, but man, till it nears the climax, this movie crawls.

Full Review… | February 8, 2014
Georgia Straight

Good but creepy; may be too intense for some.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

A downbeat and brutally effective mystery...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2008

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2007

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

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!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Others Quotes

Grace: Leave us in peace!
– Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
Grace: Where is my daughter?
Anne: Are you mad? I am your daughter.
– Submitted by KevBot O (3 years ago)

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