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Stoker Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
It's too safe, too knotty, too wastefully handsome, too dull.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
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.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 22, 2013
Stoker is a movie about tension and inaction, about people trying to figure out what's going on in someone else's head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 15, 2013
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 15, 2013
None of it is life-changing, but it is effectively eerie. Stylishly spooky, even.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
"Stoker" plays out like a Kabuki "Macbeth": gallons of style slathered on a story you already know by heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
"Stoker" is a thriller in which the big question is not "What will happen next?" but rather "What is going on?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 14, 2013
[It] seems to be unfolding somewhere else; somewhere where it makes sense that everyone seems to be sleepwalking.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 14, 2013
Aesthetics are steering this ghostly ship, leaving narrative in the background to fend for itself. Fortunately, Park is in full command of his repertoire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 14, 2013
Even though Park creates and sustains a mood, and shows what an athlete he is with the camera, the actors are struggling valiantly to give some emotional texture to a story that, ultimately, defeats itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 14, 2013
If the destination isn't what it might have been, the journey is a heck of a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2013
A beautifully twisted, slow-burning psychothriller that may or may not all be taking place inside India's head, Stoker marks South Korean cult director Chan-wook Park's inaugural English language venture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 14, 2013
Refracted through Park's graceful filmmaking style, "Stoker" is mysterious, demanding, sometimes baffling and richly rewarding.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 13, 2013
Stoker is deliciously demented, and that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 13, 2013
Like a taxidermied owl, "Stoker" is lovely to look at, but in the end it's hard to give a hoot.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 1, 2013
Park employs all manner of cinematic derring-do -- shock cuts, off-kilter compositions, discontinuous storytelling -- all to no great purpose other than to make us go "Wow." A more appropriate response might be, "Huh?"
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ethan Alter
Hollywood Reporter
March 1, 2013
Thanks to Park's endless creativity behind the camera, it's impossible to look away from Stoker, even when what's happening on the screen is truly risible.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 1, 2013
It's not pure Park or pure Hitchcock but a muted, mildly mesmerizing blend of the two. You might want to take a careful stroll in this Hitchpark.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2013
Talent behind the camera, talent in front, and yet nothing worth watching. What happened?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
Park isn't interested in simply trendy material and edgy effects; a former philosophy student, he wants to weave it all into a genuinely disturbing drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 1, 2013
Sure, it's got its horror aspects. But for my money, this movie belongs alongside "Secretary," "Ginger Snaps" and "Thirteen" in the family of deliciously dark female coming-of-age stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2013
A bizarrely perverse, beautifully rendered mystery that you may or may not care to solve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 28, 2013
It may be Mr. Park's reputation that induces a state of queasy anticipation in the early scenes of "Stoker." But it is also, unquestionably, his craft.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 28, 2013
Just because something is unsettling doesn't make it involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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February 28, 2013
Stoker's ultimate wispiness makes Park's achievement all the more impressive: He's the magician pulling a deft sleight of hand, waiting until the very last moment to reveal that all is illusion.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 28, 2013
The film plays like a Brian De Palma homage to Hitchcock - albeit one loaded with Park's symbol-laden visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 28, 2013
The film has visual style to spare, but even that becomes overwhelming, turning Stoker into self-parody.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 28, 2013
Park has built a hothouse of erotic tension that's primed to explode. Some will find it too much. Screw them. Park's goal is to bust form, not conform to it. Take Stoker for what it is: a thriller of savage beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 28, 2013
The performances are excellent, but it's the direction that lifts the movie up and spins it around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 28, 2013
This erotic psychodrama rivals his Oldboy and Lady Vengeance in its bold color and delirious compositions but avoids the ritualized sadism that made those films such dubious pleasures.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 2013
There is no mystery in Stoker, only ''style,'' and a stultifying sense that the world's been rigged with evil.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2013
As it becomes more and more delirious in its explanations of Charlie's past, "Stoker" at least gives you a few images to remember ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 28, 2013
It's best taken one tense, exhilarating moment at a time, without anticipation or expectation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2013
What sets "Stoker" apart are the exquisitely grotesque bursts of death, which usually occur only after an effectively maddening series of tension-building scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
February 28, 2013
"Stoker" certainly relies too much on its heavy Gothic atmosphere, but it does add up to something - particularly because of Wasikowska's deft performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 28, 2013
"Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's first American movie is so bad I wonder whether his other movies were ever good.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 27, 2013
Clearer heads will find it absurdly pointless.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 27, 2013
South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's filmmaking always dances a fine line between sublime and absurd genre ingredients. "Stoker," his first American-set, English language picture, is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
A Hitchcockian stew of hothouse familial jealousy, sadism, and psychosis all tied together by one teenage girl's homicidal coming of age.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 26, 2013
A drab, mannered horror-melodrama, potentially interesting in execution but relentlessly tedious in outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 25, 2013
The problem with Park Chan-Wook is that there's no real drama in his worldview. The drive toward cruelty is absolute -- and in this case, absolutely boring.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 24, 2013
A nervy, pervy Hitchcock riff.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
January 22, 2013
A splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller, American Gothic fairy tale and a contemporary kink all Park's own.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2013
Park's unsettling visuals and his handling of the cast make the occasional holes in Wentworth Miller's script practically irrelevant.