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The Skeptic (2009)



Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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A skeptical attorney moves into a beautiful house with an ominous history, only to experience a series of bizarre and frightening occurrences beyond his comprehension. Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) never believed in the supernatural. When Bryan's aunt dies under mysterious circumstances, he dismisses reports that her house is haunted and decides to move in. Almost immediately, Bryan begins to suspect that there is something terribly wrong with the house; voices begin calling out to him from the


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Tennyson Bardwell

Dec 8, 2009

IFC Films

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Old-fashioned in the worst sense, Bardwell's ghost story is heavy on Freud, light on fear.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Tennyson Bardwell's pretentious psycho-supernatural flick doesn't even qualify as guilty-pleasure camp. It's the sort of bad movie that will make you lose faith in the genre altogether.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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I'll take a bunch of teenagers terrorized by chain-saw-wielding zombies any day.

May 1, 2009
New York Times
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Bardwell writes and directs carefully though without inspiration, leaving open the question of whether the house is really haunted.

May 1, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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A mechanical compendium of anti-skepticism clichés, right down to the obligatory post-realization upchuck.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You know you're in trouble when the most appealing element your film is Tom Arnold.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A film with good ideas and performances but weak, predictable, two-dimensional, frustrating dialogue.

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

While horror movies have become tedious fare, relying on recycled gotcha scare tactics, this brainteaser blend of the logical, psychological and psychic aims to keep viewers on their toes, as well as at the edge of their seats.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Polished but dull.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This old-fashioned psychological ghost story ... repeatedly compels supposedly mature and intelligent people to do preposterous things in order to keep the plot moving.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Too tepid to ever get your heart racing and too simple to engage the mind.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source:

The supernatural is the hobgoblin of the titular doubting Thomas in The Skeptic, though judging by writer-director Tennyson Bardwell's hapless mood shifts in this tepid horror-comedy, it seems consistency of tone deserves even less credibility.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Skeptic

This is a pretty good film about a man who has a hidden past, separated from his wife and moves into his dead aunt's house. While living there its very apparent that its haunted and is so because of him, the house holds a secret so what is it? Film is a little creepy in spots, more of a suspense film then horror. Worth 4 Stars'
January 30, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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The Plot was very familiar to me. I have seen another Movie with exactly same Story but I cannt remember the title. Well there was tiny bit in the plot and ofcourse the actors, difference but everything else was same.
December 7, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

After a mysterious death of his Aunt, a confirmed skeptic lawyer, Brian Becket, (TIm Daly) dismisses reports that her house is haunted and moves in after deciding to separate from his wife. Immediately occurrences begin he cannot explain. And beyond the occurrences there is something about the house which gnaws at Becket - some strange connection he senses he has with the house's past. Soon, the haunting turns personal, he hears voices suggesting clues to a deep mystery. He questions his sanity, seeks medical help, but instead finds assistance in a young psychic (Zoe Saldana) who immediately declares, "There's a very bad secret in this house." Together they embark on a terrifying journey to uncover the secret - a journey which leads them deep into the recesses of The Skeptic's own troubled mind.
I was really interested in this movie because I thought it had an interesting story line. Not just a movie about the scares. The way the haunting in this movie unravels is in the way it makes the hair on your body stick up.. That creepy feeling you get when you think your being watched or someone else is in the room with you. It wasn't over the top, but very settle and I liked that. It was a very creepy, eerie type of movie. I jumped a few times.. It's a terrific ghost story and well worth the watch.
September 3, 2009

Super Reviewer

The most slow-paced\boring horror suspense film of all time.
July 3, 2011
Jacob Palacio

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