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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Oct 24, 2014
    75
    In the current economy, Monopoly makes a more appropriate board game upon which to base a horror movie, but for what it is, Ouija is better than expected.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Oct 24, 2014
    70
    Ouija is confident, meat-and-potatoes horror, and that’s a lot harder to pull off than it sounds.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 23, 2014
    63
    It’s endearing how this glorified haunted-house movie tries to reclaim all the old tools, and do so with a straight face and a PG-13 level of violence.
  4. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Oct 23, 2014
    60
    Given its double burden of being both a toy adaptation and a bloodless kiddie horror show, Ouija winds up being more fun that you might think, even if it's the sort of film you can't really take seriously for a second.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 23, 2014
    50
    Though Ouija starts off evoking a nicely eerie atmosphere of dread, it ultimately goes too far, making the liminal space between the spirit world and this one all too eye-rollingly literal.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Oct 23, 2014
    50
    The film is effectively scary, filled with plenty of jump moments and a few slow-burning scenes, but the scares aren’t enough to balance the poor writing and lack of imagination.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 23, 2014
    50
    This silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden).
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Oct 24, 2014
    42
    Within the pungent field of other wide-release scare jobs and films derived from cardboard-based time-killers for kids, Ouija stacks up relatively well, thanks to its look and a confident performance by Cooke.
  9. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Oct 23, 2014
    42
    It’s professionally produced but completely uninspired.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Frisicano
    Oct 24, 2014
    40
    It says a lot that the grossest moment involves a character flossing—no gag, just flossing. Likewise, the candy stuck in your teeth will be the only thing that lingers after the credits roll.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 23, 2014
    40
    The most pressing issue with Ouija is that Stiles and Snowden cannot seem to write a single interesting line of dialogue. They volley between conversational banalities and whatever exposition might be needed to get the film to its next scary setpiece.
  12. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 23, 2014
    40
    Cooke, a young Brit seen on TV’s “Bates Motel,” is strong as the diminutive brunette at the center of the interworldly fright-fest. Her charisma is almost enough to keep you from rolling your eyes at the script.
  13. Reviewed by: Brad Wheeler
    Oct 23, 2014
    38
    It is harmless, frighty fun for teenage audiences, but adults will leave theatres with their bejeebers intact.
  14. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Oct 23, 2014
    38
    Directed by Stiles White, whose credits lean more heavily in the special-effect arenas, Ouija is bland, safe horror for those who like their scares nonexistent.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 23, 2014
    30
    The ghost scenario that this boring, CW-ready, "Scooby-Doo" gang uncovers isn't nearly as shocking as the blasé attitude they have toward friends dying off.
  16. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Oct 23, 2014
    30
    What Ouija lacks in wit and originality, it makes up in volume — a trademark of the “Transformers” director Michael Bay, who is one of the producers.
  17. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 23, 2014
    30
    In the absence of anything truly original in the screenplay he co-wrote with Juliet Snowden, director Stiles White vainly attempts to ratchet up the tension with a series of cheap jump scares fueled by loud noises that are the cinematic equivalent of shaking hands with someone wearing a joy buzzer.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 23, 2014
    25
    A deadly dull and overly familiar movie about summoning ghosts that draws upon nearly every horror movie cliché.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 23, 2014
    25
    Ouija has something wrong with it from the first five minutes.
  20. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Oct 24, 2014
    12
    The film consistently settles for the cheapest shock devices and the most shopworn totems of our current neo-gothic moment in the genre.

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