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Ouija (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO.

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In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. (c) Universal

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Cast

Olivia Cooke
as Laine Morris
Ana Coto
as Sarah Morris
Shelley Hennig
as Debbie Galardi
Sierra Heuermann
as Doris Zander
Sunny May Allison
as Doris (10 Years Old)
Lin Shaye
as Paulina Zander
Robyn Lively
as Mrs. Galardi
Matthew Settle
as Mr. Morris
Afra Tully
as Young Laine
Claire Beale
as Young Debbie
Izzie Galanti
as Young Sarah
Morgan Peter Brown
as Grief Counselor
Bill Watterson
as Diner Manager
Kathleen Coyne
as Mourner #1
Leigh Anne Bush
as Mourner #2
Jacob Lucas
as Institution Guard
Ken Blackwell
as Internet Expert
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Critic Reviews for Ouija

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (19)

While the rote screenwriting doesn't kill the dark spirit of the world's creepiest board game, it doesn't channel it, either.

July 19, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

"Ouija" is hampered by the fact that watching a bunch of people sitting around a table is not inherently cinematic.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Ouija" has something wrong with it from the first five minutes.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

What's left for the dead to say? Not much, it turns out.

October 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Ouija isn't going to redefine the horror genre, but sometimes, it's just nice to have a movie that knows what it's doing and does it well.

October 24, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

In the current economy, Monopoly makes a more appropriate board game upon which to base a horror movie, but for what it is, "Ouija" is better than expected.

October 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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Audience Reviews for Ouija

In October of 2014, Ouija was unleashed unto the world. From a critical standpoint, it had been reviewed as one of the worst horror films in years. It ranked among many audience members top ten worst films of that year and very quickly dropped at the box office. Still, it made much more than what it cost to make, so obviously it would warrant its sequel coming soon, but lets have a look back on what spawned Ouija: Origin of Evil. While this film is admittedly bad, there are a few aspects that keep me from saying it is complete trash. Most people comment on how bad this film is as a whole, but it does attempt to tell an emotional story. Here is why the story of this film is under-appreciated, even if its execution is pretty bad. While the idea of a Ouija board has never been all that terrifying or interesting enough to me, I must say that the first ten to twenty minutes of this film had me intrigued. It was less of a horror film and more of a drama about how this board makes people commit suicide. It was a very depressing first act, but it surely played all of the right moves to keep me engaged. That being said, the film quickly spirals into a cliche-ridden story with all of the horror tropes you have come to expect. To add to that, there aren't even enough of the cliched tropes to even call this a full-fledged horror flick. It is more of a drama with horror elements, which would have worked better if the films main focus was not on a game that is meant to scare people. Although almost every character throughout this film is completely one-note, including the main protagonist, Laine, played by Olivia Cooke. Cooke does give a solid performance here, which comes as no surprise, due to the fact that I think she is a terrific actress in almost everything she is in. That being said, her character is not given enough to do, other than weep over the loss of her friend and learn more about the Ouija board. This film is a series of unanswered questions about who is really behind the words being spelled out on the board. By the end of the film you already known everything and the conclusion is about as cliche as you can get. This film is about as serious as you can get with a horror film, but it does come off as comical at times. There are shocking moments that are ruined, due to the fact that they are just too silly to take seriously once revealed. I found myself poking fun at the film rather than being genuinely terrified. Not to say that there are not a few chilling moments, but most of them are followed up by something you see coming from a mile away. This film does nothing new to try and scare its audience. Normally great camerawork in a horror film can help build tension for a viewer, but this film was shot pretty static, making everything seem clean. In the end, I admired the fact that Ouija tried to put a dramatic spin on this horror film, rather than just going all out on its horror aspects, but it was too little and it almost felt completely absent after the first act. When a film begins with promise, only to abandon its viewers halfway through, it becomes a frustrating film to watch. I see where everyone is coming from when they speak of how truly awful this film is. That being said, Ouija does have enough solid performances and intriguing set-up to say that it is not quite as bad as the critics make it out to be, but that is not saying much when looking back on the overall film. Simply put, this is a pretty bad horror film with some neat ideas.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

There are a few good moments here and there but mostly this is a predictable stupidity full of clichés and apparently written by retards who don't care a bit if it doesn't make any sense - which can be seen from how the spirit's motives are just nonsensical and ridiculous.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Once again Finding Nemo is more scary and more of a thrill ride then this appalling unappealing movie!

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