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Stoker Reviews

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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.
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
Travis Hopson
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
February 20, 2013
There are still the odd pleasantly arresting sequences here and there, but by the film's end it seems apparent that no underlying purpose or thoughtful idea has actually driven this relentless, hollow mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013
The director, making his English-language debut, seems to take the pedestrian script as both a challenge and a permission slip. He stuffs any 10 minutes of "Stoker" with more artificial dread than the whole of "Black Swan."
Full Review | Original Score: **
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
March 22, 2013
The aesthetic accomplishments of the movie can't make up for the lack of a compelling narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Vincent Mancini
March 27, 2013
Stoker is symbolism in search of a story. It's like Breaking Bad if it was a show about Walt killing flies, and only tangentially concerned with the meth business.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
February 19, 2013
In an effort to creep up to a climax, "Stoker" instead meanders to the point where you just to quit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.25/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
February 19, 2013
It's one mystery that will make you yawn and one film that certainly can't lead us out of a dismal year so far at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
February 28, 2013
The film has visual style to spare, but even that becomes overwhelming, turning Stoker into self-parody.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 28, 2013
Spontaneity has been banished by rigid stylization, and the net effect is as lifeless as a severed head that turns up in a basement freezer.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 15, 2013
The violent yet artful stylings of Korean director Park Chan-Wook are applied to a Southern Gothic plot with artistically queasy results.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
February 28, 2013
All talk and no trousers. Figuratively speaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
March 15, 2013
There's a fine line separating 'unsettling' and 'off-putting,' and Park treads all over it. What we get is a film that is chilly in addition to be chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
April 2, 2013
Shades of Hitchcock, but this horror thriller lacks a protagonist worthy of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
March 22, 2013
In the end it was a little too strange for my taste, but I know fans of the dark and mysterious will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
March 1, 2013
The glee of the outrageous one gets from a true trash movie vanishes here to be replaced by a deadening sense of the filmmakers' calculation and cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Edward Douglas
February 27, 2013
There's only so much Mia Wasikowska navel-gazing anyone should be forced to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 28, 2013
Full of heavingly gorgeous images that envelop a viewer before smothering them, its maddening elements eventually become too much to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
February 23, 2013
Regardless of how beautifully Park Chan-Wook shot the movie, "Stoker" plays like a thin book that's missing more than a few pages.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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