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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. Read critic reviews

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India Stoker's (Mia Wasikowska) world comes crashing down when her father (Jacki Weaver) dies in a car accident. Adding to the girl's emotionol turmoil is the sudden arrival of Charlie (Matthew Goode), an uncle whom she never knew existed. Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman), and soon India begins to suspect that this charming and mysterious man has ulterior motives. However, instead of feeling alarmed, India becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Cast & Crew

Mia Wasikowska
India Stoker
Matthew Goode
Charles Stoker
Nicole Kidman
Evelyn Stoker
Jacki Weaver
Gwendolyn Stoker
Dermot Mulroney
Richard Stoker
Phyllis Somerville
Mrs. McGarrick
Steven Rales
Executive Producer
Mark Roybal
Executive Producer
Chung Chung-hoon
Cinematographer
Clint Mansell
Original Music
Thérèse DePrez
Production Design
Wing Lee
Art Director
Leslie Morales
Set Decoration
Kurt & Bart
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Critic Reviews for Stoker

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (65) | Fresh (143) | Rotten (61)

  • Thankfully, this director dislikes sentimentality. Park takes these beloved figures and unceremoniously exposes their failings.

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • There is a freedom to his filmmaking; he's trying things, odd moods and unexpected edits and unconventional compositions. He likes to keep things popping, and you can't help but respond to the wit and playfulness of his style.

    June 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's too safe, too knotty, too wastefully handsome, too dull.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • While one is sure Stoker will satisfy many with its haughty ambivalence about any number of social taboos, others will find Park's first English-language effort decidedly vapid...

    June 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Style doesn't just win out here, it smashes substance like a bug under a shoe.

    April 24, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5.0

Audience Reviews for Stoker

  • Feb 21, 2016
    Watch and wait. Signature Park Chan-Wook in superb camera angling, movement and set up of shots, the actors being more of a vehicle for the film than anything individual. Spookier than his previous pieces.
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  • Feb 25, 2014
    One of the most exquisitely directed films of 2013.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2014
    This is a very carefully planned out story with a subtle slow tone that will either drive you mad or intrigue you. I went to watch this movie without having seen any movie trailers or promo and it really helped. Overall it's a great film, very suspenseful with twists and turns that you might not expect and fantastic acting from all the cast. Congratulations to Wentworth Miller on writing such a great film.
    Chris H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2013
    This is the first English language film from Korean Auteur; Park Chan-Wook, whose films I've praised to be among the finest of last decade. If you familiar with his film then its easy to say this Gothic Thriller focuses on themes the director ha explored before. He just loves the bitter and darker side of humanity that intrigues and compels us viewers. 'Stoker' takes an archetypal Hitchcockian like plot into a rich and lavish american setting, stocked up with incredible editing and solid performances from a flawless cast playing such concerning and determined characters. Stoker is also a horror within itself of one character's motivations not exactly being what they appear to be, although it fascinating psychology that just brings humanity's darker side out of the shadows. This I recommend, being and incredibly fine if not superb effort of modern film-making.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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