Critic Consensus: Its script doesn't quite carry the dramatic heft of his earlier work, but Park Chan-wook's Stoker showcases his eye for sumptuous imagery and his affection for dark, atmospheric narratives populated by mysterious characters.
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Critic Reviews for Stoker
Stoker trembles between the portentous and the ridiculous, and I think you know which one is going to win. The audience does make its decision: They've been had yet again.
Stoker is a movie about tension and inaction, about people trying to figure out what's going on in someone else's head.
Stoker is a cunning exercise in transgression. But one can't help but wonder what kind of film Park might have made if he'd had the full creative control to which he's accustomed in Korea.
None of it is life-changing, but it is effectively eerie. Stylishly spooky, even.
Audience Reviews for Stoker
Imagine growing up in the Addams family only nobody told you. Everybody just seems to deny it. But, come your 18th birthday, voila, the truth comes out. Eerie and spooky without ever saying why, I got a kick out of this walk on the weird side.
Wasikowska's creepy and hardly bearable character is only one the problems of this mis-structured thriller that also tries to extract tension from a mystery that we don't even know is there - and when it is finally revealed, everything that follows is made entirely predictable.
|India Stoker:||Sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse|
|India Stoker:||Sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.|
|Sheriff:||In a hurry? Know how fast you were going?|
|India Stoker:||Vivace effecioso, Mr. Sheriff.|
|India Stoker:||Effectively fast, Mr. Sheriff.|
|Sheriff:||Effective for what?|
|India Stoker:||To get your attention.|
|Evelyn Stoker:||India, who are you? You were supposed to love me, weren't you?|
|Evelyn Stoker:||You know I've often wondered why it is we have children in the first place and the conclusion I've come to is at some point in our lives we realize things are, they're messed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again, wipe the slate clean, start fresh and we have children, little carbon copies we can turn to and say, you will do things I cannot. You will succeed where I have failed because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me, personally speaking I cannot wait to see life tear you apart.|