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Oculus Reviews

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Bill Graham
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
The tension just keeps building as layers of new knowledge, for both the characters and the audience, are acquired.
Full Review | Original Score: B
J. Olson
April 15, 2016
"Oculus" plays like it went straight to DVD in 2005, its over-reliance on technology as a plot device and distractingly bad hair making it feel instantly dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Heather Wixson
Daily Dead
January 8, 2016
Flanagan effectively turns his inanimate killer very much into an entity that's just as deadly as anything with a pulse- a remarkable feat- all while cleverly concocting an intriguing and complicated tale that isn't afraid to get a little nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
August 23, 2015
Good script, strong cast, several quality scares... yeah, it's actually a decent haunted mirror movie!
Peter Hall
January 5, 2015
Director Mike Flanagan (Absentia) apparently has not been paying attention to the rules of making mainstream horror movies in America, and that's probably why Oculus is one of the best American horror movies in years.
Jonathan Hatfull
January 5, 2015
By rooting its clever narrative structure in a tragic story, Flanagan has created a horror that pulls on the heartstrings as often as it grabs you by the throat... Nail-biting, mind-bending and very, very scary, Oculus is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 5, 2015
All that's missing is suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
January 5, 2015
In transitions between matching perspectives or frames, still or in motion, the film posits the blurring of past and present, certainly, but more compellingly, the ways such blurring shapes your sense of self, your trust in your stability and coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2015
Oculus is about one adjustment away from being a superior thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 5, 2015
Oculus doesn't do anything especially new - in fact, its vibe is strangely similar to that of last year's Mama - but it's cleverly written, and the actors are all much better than they need to be.
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James Rocchi
January 5, 2015
Praised on the festival circuit, it's got what it takes to succeed outside of that rarefied atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
January 5, 2015
Horror fans may find the reflection a little familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 5, 2015
Oculus is well-acted, looks quite good, and manages some moments of entertainment, but as the minutes tick by it grows weaker and weaker until its final cheat designed to allow for a shocker ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark H. Harris
January 5, 2015
In a market increasingly saturated with ghost flicks, Oculus' cursed mirror setup seems to have the makings of a film that can stand out from the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Hasted
The Arts Desk
January 5, 2015
The monster mirror which infects the Russells' unhappy home ends up as just another funhouse trick.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 5, 2015
What's missing? A sense of the ineffable.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2015
Oculus, a cleverer-than-average haunted-house movie... speaks to a couple of widespread anxieties-one topical, the other sadly timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
Mike Flanagan milks a setup that sounds like typical, b-movie chaff [and] turns it into one of the scarier American horror flicks we've seen in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 7, 2014
Uma obra que trabalha por seus sustos em vez de tentar conquistá-los artificialmente através de acordes súbitos na trilha sonora ou de gatos que saltam sobre a mocinha vindos sabe-se-lá-de-onde.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
June 15, 2014
This unpretentiously efficient affair handles its dual-narrative past/present intercuts with aplomb and keeps a couple of nicely nasty tricks up its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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