Stoker Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 25, 2013
Stoker has the kind of script that would have made Hitchcock giddy at the knees as murder, suppressed sexuality and dense mystery whirls into a thick fog of suspicion and intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 23, 2013
A horror masterpiece...
Scott Weinberg
June 20, 2013
Quiet, cool, and simply gorgeous to look at, Stoker is easily one of the most accomplished chillers of the year.
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
Stoker trembles between the portentous and the ridiculous, and I think you know which one is going to win. The audience does make its decision: They've been had yet again.
Todd Gilchrist
June 12, 2013
A visual feast whose psychosexual boilerplate proves intriguingly complex, Stoker is a born classic - a brilliant English-language crossover effort for Park that doubles as a genre-transcending triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Cogshell
Alt Film Guide
June 10, 2013
While one is sure Stoker will satisfy many with its haughty ambivalence about any number of social taboos, others will find Park's first English-language effort decidedly vapid...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
June 9, 2013
A twisted little bildungsroman... Stoker successfully defies expectations at most turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
You never know where Park is going to take you next, even when you're not so sure you want to go along.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
It's admirable how effortlessly Park adapts to English, fearlessly exploring his creepy, squirmy themes without compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
Style doesn't just win out here, it smashes substance like a bug under a shoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Eric Melin
April 15, 2013
Park subverts standard framing rules when characters are speaking to one another, employs sweeping camera movement from weird angles, and stops key scenes just at their climax, only to return to them later for a fuller picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Film Racket
April 3, 2013
The first unquestionably outstanding film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jason Anderson
The Grid
April 2, 2013
As fun as it can be to play this game of spot-the-reference, the movie's too besotted with its own cleverness and stylistic flourishes to generate a genuine sense of risk or menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
April 2, 2013
Shades of Hitchcock, but this horror thriller lacks a protagonist worthy of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Jorgenson
March 29, 2013
It feels like an empty exercise in creepy perversity that's more confusing than coherent.
Vincent Mancini
March 27, 2013
Stoker is symbolism in search of a story. It's like Breaking Bad if it was a show about Walt killing flies, and only tangentially concerned with the meth business.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 25, 2013
India Stoker is a girl with a spider inside her. That's a metaphor to suggest she is both victim and predator within her family web; Park literalizes the idea with shots of a spindly arachnid creeping up the girl's sock, toward her skirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 24, 2013
Come for the atmosphere, but don't stay for the plot
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 24, 2013
Falters in spite of Korean director's skills
Bill Gibron
March 24, 2013
Stoker is a mystery where the means justify the ends, where even the most cynical viewer will stand up and take notice of where this particular filmmaker is taking us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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