The Others

2001

The Others

Critics 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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Total Count: 161

77%

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On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits in vain for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace has been raising her two young children alone in her beautiful, cavernous Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe. But they are not safe. Not anymore. When a new trio of servants arrives to replace the crew that inexplicably disappeared, startling events begin to unfold. Grace's daughter reveals she has been communicating with unexplained apparitions that come and go in every room of the house. At first, Grace refuses to believe in her children's scary sightings, but soon, she too begins to sense that intruders are at large. Who are these numinous trespassers? And what do they want from Grace's family? In order to discover the truth, Grace must abandon all of her fears and beliefs and enter the otherworldly heart of the supernatural.

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (39)

  • The show belongs to Kidman, and snugly tailored as it is, she's surpassingly fine.

    Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Shrewdly cast, Kidman is pitch perfect. It's a clammy, ingenious film, one of the best studio movies of the year.

    Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It is well constructed, as opposed to incompetently deconstructed.

    Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Amenábar racks up the tension to unbearable levels in a spooky shocker that's worthy of any comparison with M Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

    Oct 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • I saw the ending a mile away and couldn't have jumped higher.

    Aug 17, 2001

    David Edelstein

    Slate
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Others

  • Oct 27, 2016
    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
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2016
    Absolutely spine chilling, The Others is a supernatural thriller starring Nicole Kidman. Set in the late '40s, a single mother caring for her two children who have an extreme sensitivity to sunlight that keeps them secluded indoors starts to experience a number of strange occurrences after taking on three new house servants. Director Alejandro Amenabar does a tremendous job at setting a creepy and atmospheric tone. The cinematography and score in particular are especially good, and give the film an ethereal quality. Additionally, the story is remarkably well structured and does an impressive job at creating intrigue. Incredibly frightening and full of mystery, The Others is an extraordinary horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    I must admit, the Others is probably only about a three star film since there are a few too many clues. But still, I rate it up partly because I enjoyed some of the dramatic moments and mostly because I enjoyed watching Nicole Kidman.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2015
    The Others is beautifully shot and features a strong performance from Nicole Kidman and a clever ending that falls short of mind-blowing.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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