The Skeleton Key Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A genuinely creepy offering in a world filled with contrived bland dramas posing as thrillers.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 31, 2007
Reinvigorates the supernatural thriller genre with a much needed infusion of new ideas and just plain nasty, digital-free mischief.
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 2005
Its ultimate twist is both admirable and startling, making this savory gumbo worth a nibble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 1, 2005
The Skeleton Key is one hoodoo of a movie--literally. It's a movie about hoodoo, voodoo and cheap thrills set in a Louisiana backwater.
| Original Score: B
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
An intriguing and eerie film that becomes more chilling every minute
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2005
That old black magic is back in theaters this summer, bottled up in a frightful delight that just might rattle your bones.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 25, 2005
O que me leva a recomendar esta produção é seu desfecho - uma conclusão que respeita a lógica interna da trama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
August 24, 2005
There are enough surprises to let you leave the theater mostly satisfied, if not exactly transformed.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 18, 2005
A missed opportunity, but one with enough rewards along the way to make it worth seeing in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 17, 2005
Here's a B-movie that knows it's a B-movie, yet is intent on being a really good B-movie. And it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 17, 2005
...offers Hudson a chance to do something more than beam at us with that sunny, moony face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2005
[D]oesn't seem to promise much going in ... but its eerie premise lingers in your mind. It may not qualify as a true ghost story, but it's still pretty haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 16, 2005
The Skeleton Key conjures a spooky atmosphere steeped in the mystique of folk magic and medicine and suspicion of the deep South.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 15, 2005
It may not be high art but it sure is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 15, 2005
This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
August 14, 2005
... this isn't a horror film, but its black heart is in the right place...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 13, 2005
A creepy, atmospheric and lushly filmed supernatural thriller
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 13, 2005
If the movie doesn't exactly compliment your intelligence, at least it doesn't insult it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Venable
Supercala.com
August 12, 2005
Doesn't have your standard 'Hollywood' ending...and that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Time Out
November 16, 2011
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Top Critic

AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 26, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 14, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2005

ComingSoon.net
August 13, 2005

Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 3, 2005
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