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Stoker Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 16, 2016
Park Chan-wook [has]toned down the violence and perversity of his Korean output. But not by much. When a character... commends a garden's soil for its spade-yielding softness, you get the feeling he's not planning to plant begonias.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Park's latest feature and first English-language release is a stylish, brutal, oft-uncomfortable tale of mystery and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 21, 2016
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.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
Wasikowska has that magnetic creep that pulls us to her, but the film is afflicted by the arthouse syndrome: it renounces its pulp roots and wishes to appear high-brow -- a pretension it can't sustain.
Ray Pride
Newcity
June 14, 2015
The shame is that while the film is as glossy as late DePalma, essential Hitchcockiness is swapped out for random ickiness, a sorrow in light of Park's own history of crafting sleek, liquescent, swamping fever dreams.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Enthralling and tremendously entertaining.
Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine
March 2, 2014
Will no doubt be dismissed by a few as little more than a work of filmmaking panache. The panache, though, is what makes the film great.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 7, 2014
It's real strength, perhaps, is in its gaps and silences, which allow director Park to go to town with mood, composition and imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
I saw the blood but not the beauty or the growth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
It's too safe, too knotty, too wastefully handsome, too dull.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2014
The style-over-substance atmosphere ultimately confirms Stoker's place as a disappointingly empty piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 5, 2013
Subtlety is never this film's strong suit, and any mystery there is quickly paved over beneath a thick layer of stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 29, 2013
The first English-language film from South Korean firebrand Park Chan-wook (Thirst; Oldboy), Stoker is a pungent mood piece spiced with mystery, murder and plenty of unsettling emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 4, 2013
It's not the story itself that is of interest for cinema lovers, it's how he presents it
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 4, 2013
The sense of place, internal rhythms and fragile relationships are all developed with mastery by acclaimed director Chan-wook Park (Thirst, Old Boy) in this chilling film where obsession and secrets create an invisible curtain of terror
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 1, 2013
Not everything is what it seems in Stoker and its strength lies in how much it undermines expectations by taking a revisionist approach to gothic fiction conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 1, 2013
A beautifully twisted story, masterfully composed and fiercely performed; Stoker is a hyper visual gothic thriller that can't be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
August 29, 2013
I liked the mood of Stoker: gothic, dark, strange and melancholy. It's like a really creepy Sunday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 27, 2013
A coming of age story that subverts to a coming of the deranged
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
August 25, 2013
Her elder co-stars may lead this psychological mind dance with ease, but it is Mia Wasikowska who astounds the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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