Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Stir of Echoes is much more down and dirty (than "The Sixth Sense"), and the thrills are more visceral.
  2. There's visceral horror, too, including a grisly image -- a horror-in-miniature involving a fingernail -- that located an open nerve in my jaded ability to endure screen violence.
  3. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    80
    The scares early on are potent and get Stir of Echoes off to a chilly horror-movie start.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    It certainly has a place among the year's more accomplished productions.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    80
    What gives the movie its teeth is the very earthy Witzky family, who behave so much like real people you might think they are.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Koepp does a masterful job of grounding his intimations of the supernatural in a totally persuasive down-to-earth context.
  7. 75
    Kevin Bacon stars in one of his best performances.
  8. A horror movie with a Hitchcockian veneer of the everyday, a story that taps into our fear not only of the paranormal but also of insanity and the secret evil that may lie beneath ordinary lives.
  9. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    75
    Studded with potent fright scenes and built on a rock-solid performance by the ever-dependable Kevin Bacon.
  10. The effectively creepy Stir of Echoes, is enough to make your blood chill.
  11. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    75
    The economical, fast-paced style and creepy mood are reminiscent of "The Twilight Zone."
  12. 75
    "Sixth" achieves a rare hushed poetry where Stir, for all its strengths, is more earthbound and familiar.
  13. 70
    A scary, intelligent thriller that remains haunting long after it's over...features what has to be one of the creepiest first half-hours in recent film history.
  14. 70
    The ghost story is not half as satisfying as the lovely indie mood piece tucked inside it about a community tending to itself in the wake of a recent wound.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    The picture has an appropriately grungy sense of place.
  16. 70
    The conventional ghost-appeasement scenario isn't very suspenseful, which may be part of the reason it's so gripping.
  17. 68
    Elevates the horror genre with a refreshing intelligence and humor -- too bad it's not half as good at generating scares.
  18. 67
    Marvelous not in its evocation of horror but in the way it slowly chips away at the mundanities of day-to-day urban living.
  19. (Bacon's) most believable, heart-wrenching and charismatic lead performance in many years.
  20. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    63
    A scream-out-loud movie, upsetting and deliriously effective. Problem is, Koepp relies almost entirely on the isolated shocking images, ignoring the human element at the center.
  21. Little internal logic and too many signposts. It's easy to see who in the neighborhood knows more than they're letting on, even without X-ray vision or ESP.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Needs less down-to-earth flavor and more unearthly force.
  23. A conventionally violent, do-or-die ending on such an unconventional movie.
  24. 60
    Compared with ("The Sixth Sense"), there's no contest. Stir of Echoes has been outrun and outclassed.
  25. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    Another thriller that packs a spooky wallop as it conjures an unseen world within reach.
  26. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    The movie tries too hard. Too bad. This coulda been a contender.
  27. Offers tricky fragmentation without mystery or mood; it's a mosaic of fear that grows less and less unsettling as it comes together.
  28. Director Koepp relies more heavily on editing tricks than old-fashioned atmosphere.
  29. 50
    Some dazzling in-camera special effects, especially the ingenious idea of filming the story's ghost at a slow speed, six frames per second, giving the being a strange, otherworldly way of moving.
  30. All that suspense falls dead at its climax, which proves to be a bore. The absence of a surprise ending and the lackluster spooks make this one worth skipping. I'm going back to see "The Sixth Sense."
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    10
    Kevin Bacon give us a great performance Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    One of the freakiest, intense horror movies of 1999.
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  3. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    Stir Of Echoes has great jump and heebie jeebie scenes, the movie will easily transfix you.
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