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  • Summary: Ex-cop Ben Carson takes a job as a night watchman at the burned-out ruins of the Mayflower department store. As he patrols the eerie, charred remains of the store, he begins to notice something sinister about the ornate mirrors that adorn the Mayflower walls. Reflected in the giganticEx-cop Ben Carson takes a job as a night watchman at the burned-out ruins of the Mayflower department store. As he patrols the eerie, charred remains of the store, he begins to notice something sinister about the ornate mirrors that adorn the Mayflower walls. Reflected in the gigantic shimmering glass are horrific images that stun Carson. He soon discovers that a deadly threat looms, trapped within the mirrors and reflective surfaces that pervade his everyday life. And if he has any hope of saving his wife and children from a horrifying death, Carson must somehow uncover the truth behind the mirrors - and battle the greatest evil he has ever faced. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Actually a marked improvement over the plodding and confusing original.
  2. The movie could have been a lot scarier.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    An occasionally inventive but ultimately plodding horror film.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    An empty enterprise that provides a few moments of goofy fun, Mirrors reflects back nothing.
  5. 33
    The film looks to do for reflective surfaces what "Amityville 4" did for killer lamps.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    30
    It's a mystery why Sutherland attached himself to this dour, muddled thriller.
  7. An effective sound design enhances several of the film's sudden frights, and Sutherland, who appears in almost every scene, is a predictably solid presence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. OliverR
    May 4, 2009
    10
    I Thought it was very Jumpy, and a great film to watch in the dark, why all these bad reviews?
  2. EdwinR.
    Sep 12, 2008
    10
    Really good movie.
  3. SteveA.
    Aug 25, 2008
    9
    Kiefer was very good - plot a little thin but still enjoyable.
  4. ChadS.
    Aug 18, 2008
    6
    A mirror doesn't account for the negative space that lies beyond the parameters of its reflection. But within this negative space, the A mirror doesn't account for the negative space that lies beyond the parameters of its reflection. But within this negative space, the replicas find safe passage. These roaming imitations seek signification from the next mirror which gives them a fleeting sense of corporeality before their authentic equivalent carelessly resigns them back into the oblivion of being hypothetical. No wonder the department store demon scratches out the name of the person that could set its bastardized form loose from the life-supporting looking glass. These mirror men, these mirror women, they're only auxiliary members of the human league. Ben(Kiefer Sutherland) is their latest hope for deliverance from this reactionist netherworld. At one point in "Mirrors", the nightwatchman catches on fire, but the invisible flames doesn't deter him from returning to the Mayflower, a department store-cum-mausoleum, ravaged by an inferno. In an old-school haunted house film such as "The Amityville Horror", the movie would be essentially over if the Lutz family had the common sense to pack up and leave. The success of this genre is contingent on its characters being stupid. They're gluttons for punishment. These people are often painfully slow in catching the hint. But the nightwatchman has no choice in the matter; his work follows him home, his family suddenly placed in jeopardy. Asian horror movies pioneered the novel idea that an entity no longer needed to be confined to its originating jurisdiction. Since the malevolent presence exists wherever there's a mirror handy, Ben can remain at the department store without "Mirrors" resorting to the autonomy of the idiot plot. It's not M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense", but "Mirrors" delivers its fair share of chills, most notably, a particularly grisly murder that wouldn't have passed muster with the MPAA had this been an independent production. It's dramatically effective, however, because now Ben is emotionally invested in his war with the reflecting consciousness, a vendetta. Now this job for the ex-cop is personal. Driven by the summer blockbuster mentality, however, "Mirrors" climaxes with a little too much brio(borrowed from William Freidkin's "The Exorcist"), but its disquieting coda almost elevates this junky remake of Sung-ho Kim's "Geoul sokeuro" from close-call to guilty pleasure. Expand
  5. JayH
    Jan 7, 2009
    5
    Some good special effects, nice production but it's story is far fetched and not very frightening. It all looks very familiar and it Some good special effects, nice production but it's story is far fetched and not very frightening. It all looks very familiar and it lacks originality. The performances are fine. Empty and doesn't involve the viewer. Expand
  6. hellothere
    Jan 13, 2009
    2
    People saying the movie had plot holes must not give the movies they watch any thought at all. The movie really doesn't have any plot People saying the movie had plot holes must not give the movies they watch any thought at all. The movie really doesn't have any plot holes. It is what it is. The ending is meant for you to thank back through the movie a little and you can easily figure out what happened. That being said...the movie was pretty bad. Nothing really scary about it. Lame story. Decent acting. I like Kiefer but I laughed everytime he screamed a cuss word for no reason in the movie. Literally every scene his character had an outburst and ends the scene saying "God Damn*t" or "Sh*t!". I've also read a couple reviews saying how the special effects are one of the positive things about it. Really? There were a few special effects in the movie that looked so bad or cheesy that it really distracted me from the scene. First instance was when Kiefer's character caught on fire. It was so obviously CGI that it looked bad. The way the Ana's character's face gets distorted looked so cheesy as well as the faces in the mirrors trying to push out. Overall not a good movie. This coming from someone who enjoyed Aja's first 2 movies. High Tension (Switchblade Romance I believe is the original title) and The Hills Have Eyes remake. Loved both of those...what went wrong with this movie? The whole idea was poor from the start I think. Expand
  7. ValterL
    May 31, 2009
    0
    One of the worst movies ever. The plot doesn't make any sense, and when you think it's about to end, it suddenly introduces a One of the worst movies ever. The plot doesn't make any sense, and when you think it's about to end, it suddenly introduces a Nun-turned-Monster so ridiculous I was speechless. And the scariest thing about it it's a pigeon. I want my money back. Expand

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