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The Skeleton Key Reviews

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 19, 2005
The intended surprises aren't all that surprising.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 18, 2005
Totally derivative but still a respectable genre exercise.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 18, 2005
A missed opportunity, but one with enough rewards along the way to make it worth seeing in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Spyder Darling
August 17, 2005
Turn with caution!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 17, 2005
Here's a B-movie that knows it's a B-movie, yet is intent on being a really good B-movie. And it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
August 17, 2005
A predictably tepid plate of bland rice, rather than the authentic jambalaya that its spicy ending would have you believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 17, 2005
...offers Hudson a chance to do something more than beam at us with that sunny, moony face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 16, 2005
One of those thrillers that constantly has us shouting advice at the screen - until the heartening realization sinks in that it's not quite as dopey as we think.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
August 16, 2005
More thriller than horror movie, "Skeleton Key" is the latest in a brood of PG-13-rated so-called horror movies developed to draw in the junior-high and high-school crowd.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2005
[D]oesn't seem to promise much going in ... but its eerie premise lingers in your mind. It may not qualify as a true ghost story, but it's still pretty haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 16, 2005
The Skeleton Key conjures a spooky atmosphere steeped in the mystique of folk magic and medicine and suspicion of the deep South.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jackie K. Cooper
August 15, 2005
It may not be high art but it sure is fun.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 15, 2005
This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.
Joshua Tyler
August 15, 2005
The few scares present are cheaply delivered, and Kate Hudson continues her streak of mediocrity in below-mediocre movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 14, 2005
A top-notch cast was gathered and then wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 14, 2005
Skeleton Key is for the most part neither horrifying nor thrilling, and its mystery is mostly related to trying to figure out what the filmmakers were thinking.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 14, 2005
...a callow and creepy country-fried caper that engages in cheap-minded scare tactics...about as exciting as sipping mint julep on a scorching August afternoon
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin A. Ranson
August 14, 2005
... this isn't a horror film, but its black heart is in the right place...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 13, 2005
A creepy, atmospheric and lushly filmed supernatural thriller
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 13, 2005
It's all a lot of hoodoo.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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