The Skeleton Key Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2005
The Skeleton Key is one of those movies that explains too much while it is explaining too little, and leaves us with a surprise at the end that makes more sense the less we think about it. But the movie's mastery of technique makes up for a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 11, 2005
The Skeleton Key delivers its share of cheap scares but never unlocks the door to the creepiness that would have made this is memorable movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 9, 2005
Casts a rather weak spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 26, 2005
A blundering New Orleans-set thriller under the spell of archaic stereotypes about Southern Bayou blacks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
A great twist ending can't save all that came before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 13, 2005
Unlocks a mystery, but the journey is fraught with the familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 31, 2007
The voodoo lore is sketchy (it can't hurt unbelievers, except when it can), the plot obviously little but build-up to the big reveal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
August 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 15, 2005
The few scares present are cheaply delivered, and Kate Hudson continues her streak of mediocrity in below-mediocre movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
Criminal waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 14, 2005
...a callow and creepy country-fried caper that engages in cheap-minded scare tactics...about as exciting as sipping mint julep on a scorching August afternoon
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
August 17, 2005
A predictably tepid plate of bland rice, rather than the authentic jambalaya that its spicy ending would have you believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
August 12, 2005
Dateline: August 5, 2016. A couple sits in their den, watching cable television.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
August 10, 2005
Southern-fried mumbo-jumbo has its gothic moments but the abysmal finale is unforgivable.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 10, 2005
A first-rate concept for a spine-tingling tale...rendered impotent by bland, generic execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
August 11, 2005
Nothing in the South can rise again without being overcome by hundreds of years of homespun logic and Ehren Kruger clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
August 12, 2005
Spooky yet shallow, finding bizarre, brooding tension in what's behind that ominous, forbidding door - to scare you on a hot summer's night.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 3, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 14, 2005
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006

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August 13, 2005
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August 13, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 26, 2005
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September 26, 2005
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June 24, 2006
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