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The Skeleton Key Reviews


Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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October 7, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 15, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 13, 2005
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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The Skeleton Key delivers on all formulaic counts, except one: It never serves up any truly nightmare-inspiring scares.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A diverting, stylish thriller that, despite pivoting on that and other whoppers, deserves credit for creating an authentic, original vibe.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005

USA Today
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This is essentially a haunted-house horror flick that starts off with effectively eerie scenes but devolves into a forced and mildly ridiculous ghost story.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Criminal waste of talent.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's lots of bad stuff brewing on the bayou in this occasionally scary but more often silly movie, which wastes some good actors along the way.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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A well-intentioned horror film that is weighted down by stellar cast members who for the most part act as if they don't want to be there.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 12, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film offers a rich gumbo of menace, mystery and magic - and then lets it go cold and mushy in a rainstorm of Hollywood haunted-house huggermugger.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The Skeleton Key is a hoodoo puzzle that's more interesting than scary.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's basically Rosemary's Baby, Cajun style, with a pinch of Amityville Horror for kick.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The Skeleton Key is strictly summer schlock.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Though the story is as creaky as a plantation porch, Iain Softley's lushly atmospheric The Skeleton Key does offer a few nifty twists on the classic 'woman in peril' picture.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Neither scary nor thrilling, although it's reasonably entertaining despite an abundance of haunted-house cliches, the usual inexplicable scary-movie behavior and an almost-naked John Hurt.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A formulaic fear-fest with a bare-bones plot, The Skeleton Key is more moody than scary, and Hudson's heroine is unsympathetic.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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A stylishly made but disappointingly lightweight psychological horror tale set in the bayou.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A pretty good movie.

| Original Score: B-

August 12, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The Skeleton Key looks great and oozes atmosphere, but unfortunately it's the atmosphere of hundreds of haunted house movies before it.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The movie ultimately comes off as a kind of wannabe that doesn't get where it wants to go.

| Original Score: C

August 12, 2005
Vic Vogler
Denver Post
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The Skeleton Key opens a very different door into its tale of black magic in a Louisiana plantation home.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This nasty little movie is communicating with regional and racial cliches from beyond the grave.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Tightly plotted and suspenseful enough to keep you guessing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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One of the most enjoyably inane movies of the season, this faux Southern Gothic offers an embarrassment of geek pleasures.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Even with all its florid melodrama, The Skeleton Key seems slow as molasses and not nearly as tasty.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

August 11, 2005
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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Serviceable but ultimately disappointing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The Skeleton Key is more creaky than creepy, like visiting an expensive haunted house.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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[The ending] doesn't quite compensate for the predictable hokum that precedes it.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A spellbinding chiller.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A gumbo of silly mumbo-jumbo no more frightening than a Mardi Gras mask.

August 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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As theme-park attractions go, one can do worse.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 11, 2005
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Hollywood cliche factory got its mojo working overtime on this one.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

August 11, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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For anyone zombified by creaky thriller cliches, Skeleton is a fine little shot in the head.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 10, 2005
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Creaky in its mechanics and numbingly protracted, this is basement B horror that fancies itself a prestige chiller.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 9, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Kruger's surprise ending fails to pack the kind of wallop to justify the momentary head-scratching, while there are too few moments leading up to the big reveal that will give audiences the kind of jolt they're expecting.

July 25, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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The Skeleton Key is unable to ward off the nasty spirits of formula screenwriting.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 25, 2005
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