The Others (2001)
Critic Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
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Critic Reviews for The Others
The show belongs to Kidman, and snugly tailored as it is, she's surpassingly fine.
Shrewdly cast, Kidman is pitch perfect. It's a clammy, ingenious film, one of the best studio movies of the year.
A welcome change of pace from most contemporary scary stories, where the shocks come with all the subtlety of flashers jumping out of park bushes.
I saw the ending a mile away and couldn't have jumped higher.
Audience Reviews for The Others
Its retro editing and camerawork, as well as its spooky-good, classical frights and twists provide for a hauntingly stunning story. The Others displays a convincing Nicole Kidman along with the thrills and chills of a complex narrative that's even heartfelt at times, yet still exemplary for the horror genre. 4/5
Steeped in mood and ominous forebodings here is horror of the old school. Without humongous kitchen knives or weird masked killers or buckets of gory bloodletting, but only the growing sense of "something's wrong, something doesn't feel right, and I don't know what it is". Remember the creepy wonder you felt as a child ... wondering what was out there in the dark ... that terrible anticipation combined with dread, and you'll know what this film delivers.
This stylish, gothic, period ghost story marked the first English-language film for director (and writer, and composer) Alejandro Amenabar. Set on an isolated island in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the film focuses on a very devout woman whose two children suffer from a (real) disorder that causes them to be highly sensitive to sunlight. Longing for her husband who left to be in the war years earlier, the lady and her kids try to adjust to the addition of a new housekeeping staff in their dim, spooky mansion after the disappearance of the old staff. To complicate matters, the family is under the belief that their home is haunted. While the general story (and the ending especially) aren't the most original ideas, the film is still a fairly well crafted thriller. It's anchored by some solid performances, especially from Nicole Kidman, and it has some top notch cinematography and sound design/editing, which really add to the appropriately dreary mood, tone, and atmosphere of things. Of course, I expected a film that features light/dark as a main component to have fine cinematography. The film is a slow burner, and somewhat telegraphed/predictable, but it's still an enjoyable ride while it lasts. I also appreciate how the film doesn't really resort to the visceral in order to elicit shocks and scares, even though I do like a good bloodbath on occasion. All in all, it's decent, and would probably please those who like slow burning chillers, and anyone who goes nuts for Hitchcock, specifically what he did with Rebecca.