Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  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: Simon Abrams
    Oct 28, 2014
    70
    First-time director Stiles White's effective use of long takes and director of photography David Emmerichs's wide-angle digital cinematography make an otherwise generic teen ghost story unexpectedly atmospheric.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Oct 23, 2014
    42
    It’s professionally produced but completely uninspired.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 23, 2014
    25
    Ouija has something wrong with it from the first five minutes.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 29, 2014
    11
    Hasbro’s long-lasting occult board game gets its own starring role in a film that makes those other recent Hasbro plaything adaptations – namely "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" – look like triumphs of subtly engineered cinematic magic.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    2
    I wouldn't call this the worst horror movie I've ever seen, but it's one of the worst of the year. There are countless jump scares, none ofI wouldn't call this the worst horror movie I've ever seen, but it's one of the worst of the year. There are countless jump scares, none of which were original or effective, and there was no suspense. The plot was also pretty predictable. The final act especially seemed very rushed and convoluted. This is the kind of movie that should only be watched at slumber parties. Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2014
    9
    This movie was one of the best movies of the year. Good old fashioned scares, suspense, and thrills. One has to wonder if the critics even sawThis movie was one of the best movies of the year. Good old fashioned scares, suspense, and thrills. One has to wonder if the critics even saw the movie with the scores they gave. I was connected to the actors and to the point that in the first 15 minutes one of the actors was killed and it brought a tear to my eyes. You dont see or feel that way about most movies these days. Great Job well performed and acted. Its a must see movie that fits the time of year. But can be watched anytime. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    From the writers Stiles White & Juilet Snowden writers of ' The Posession' and Boogeyman you think it maybe a good horror movie but i standFrom the writers Stiles White & Juilet Snowden writers of ' The Posession' and Boogeyman you think it maybe a good horror movie but i stand corrected it is. Even though it is confusing and it has some good scares and accidental scares by the characters friends which is the main problem about this movie also the characters and their idiotic choices between playing with Ouija board. In 2012 White and Snowden wrote The Posession which was a mixed attention from critics despite that fact that they did NOT control the rains to make a horror movie Posession was not scary in Ouija they controlled it elements of scares Ouija tries and tries to be the bigger thrills to bet the scary movies to come out in the past like Insidious.
    White directed this horror project he did not make a formula of a perfect movie but he made a good script. Also acclaimed producer of (Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake , The Unborn , Amityville horror remake, Nightmare on Elm Street remake), Micheal Bay did not ruin this horror movie he didn't do anything at all but thanks to him this Ouija movie is getting negative reviews from critics.
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