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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
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.
Ray Pride
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
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
Tony Stamp
August 15, 2013
Stoker delves into some seriously dark psychological territory, while somehow rising above it. It pulls the impressive trick of making ugly acts seem beautiful...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric Melin
July 22, 2013
Classic film language has been fixed since the 20th century and modern film language can be so frenetic that it's refreshing to see a daring filmmaker creating tension and dread out of slow-paced, deliberate choices rather than quick-cut chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013
Marvelously assembled by a craftsman who takes pleasure in unsettling our minds while he messes with our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 5, 2013
a hothouse psychodrama rendered in a deliberately cool style that gives it the feel of a dollhouse chamber play conceived in a mental institution
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 28, 2013
Even if the actual story gets a little soft at times and pulls its punches for the American audience, Stoker is worth taking a look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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