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The Skeleton Key Reviews

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August 11, 2005
The Skeleton Key is one of those movies that explains too much while it is explaining too little, and leaves us with a surprise at the end that makes more sense the less we think about it. But the movie's mastery of technique makes up for a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 11, 2005
The Skeleton Key delivers its share of cheap scares but never unlocks the door to the creepiness that would have made this is memorable movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 9, 2005
Casts a rather weak spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
A blundering New Orleans-set thriller under the spell of archaic stereotypes about Southern Bayou blacks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 12, 2005
A great twist ending can't save all that came before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 13, 2005
Unlocks a mystery, but the journey is fraught with the familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 31, 2007
The voodoo lore is sketchy (it can't hurt unbelievers, except when it can), the plot obviously little but build-up to the big reveal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 12, 2005
Criminal waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 7, 2007
The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
August 12, 2005
Dateline: August 5, 2016. A couple sits in their den, watching cable television.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 10, 2005
Southern-fried mumbo-jumbo has its gothic moments but the abysmal finale is unforgivable.
| Original Score: '2/4'
August 10, 2005
A first-rate concept for a spine-tingling tale...rendered impotent by bland, generic execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 11, 2005
Nothing in the South can rise again without being overcome by hundreds of years of homespun logic and Ehren Kruger clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
Spooky yet shallow, finding bizarre, brooding tension in what's behind that ominous, forbidding door - to scare you on a hot summer's night.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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