The Skeptic

2009

The Skeptic

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8%

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Total Count: 12

27%

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A skeptical attorney moves into a beautiful house with an ominous history, only to experience a series of bizarre and frightening occurrences beyond his comprehension. Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) never believed in the supernatural. When Bryan's aunt dies under mysterious circumstances, he dismisses reports that her house is haunted and decides to move in. Almost immediately, Bryan begins to suspect that there is something terribly wrong with the house; voices begin calling out to him from the darkness, seemingly providing clues to some deep mystery. Though he senses that he is somehow connected to the house, he can't figure out how and begins questioning his own sanity. In his search for medical help, Bryan comes into contact with a young psychic (Zoe Saldana) who claims the house harbors a dreadful secret. Together, Bryan and the psychic prepare to unlock a mystery that leads them both into the darkest corners of the skeptic's own disturbed mind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Tim Daly
as Bryan Becket
Andrea Roth
as Robin Becket
Robert Prosky
as Father Wymond
LJ Foley
as Young Becket
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Critic Reviews for The Skeptic

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (11)

  • Old-fashioned in the worst sense, Bardwell's ghost story is heavy on Freud, light on fear.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Tennyson Bardwell's pretentious psycho-supernatural flick doesn't even qualify as guilty-pleasure camp. It's the sort of bad movie that will make you lose faith in the genre altogether.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • I'll take a bunch of teenagers terrorized by chain-saw-wielding zombies any day.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • Bardwell writes and directs carefully though without inspiration, leaving open the question of whether the house is really haunted.

    May 1, 2009
  • A mechanical compendium of anti-skepticism clichés, right down to the obligatory post-realization upchuck.

    Apr 28, 2009 | Full Review…
  • You know you're in trouble when the most appealing element your film is Tom Arnold.

    May 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Skeptic

  • Jan 30, 2012
    This is a pretty good film about a man who has a hidden past, separated from his wife and moves into his dead aunt's house. While living there its very apparent that its haunted and is so because of him, the house holds a secret so what is it? Film is a little creepy in spots, more of a suspense film then horror. Worth 4 Stars'
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    This wasn't scary - not even in the "I'm going to jump because something unexpected pops up on the screen" way. Ehhh.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    The most slow-paced\boring horror suspense film of all time.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2010
    Interesting psychological/supernatural-drama [written and directed by newcomer Tennyson Bardwell] about a lawyer who doesn't believe in anything until he stays in his dead aunt's house and begins to see things that lead to revelations about his family. Great performances by Tim Daly [most notably from the classic sitcom "Wings"] and Zoe Saldana [most notably from "Avatar", "Star Trek", the independent film "Premium"...as well as the upcoming films "The Losers", "Death at a Funeral", and "Takers"]...she stole the few scenes she was in and was almost the highlight of this movie]. Good performances by Andrea Roth [from "Rescue Me"], Edward Hermann, Bruce Altman, Robert Prosky, and Tom Arnold. Good writing and cinematography. The first 20 or so minutes didn't impress me much up until these quotes: "You're a close-minded man"..."because you don't think; you know"; after that there were quite a few jumpy moments...the music definitely helped [good score]. Overall it's a surprisingly good film with a poetic ending.
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