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
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    9
    A 9 in its genre! The producers were somehow unlucky for, as many people have already observed, this movie was released a few weeks afterA 9 in its genre! The producers were somehow unlucky for, as many people have already observed, this movie was released a few weeks after Sixth Sense, which was unfortunate... because people were still talking about the latter. Quite frankly, I think this film is better than The Sixth Sense. It is definitely more frightening, more intense, and much more enjoyable than the other latter one...and Kevin Bacon is of course much, much better actor than Bruce Willis...Kevin is an A and Willis oh well a... B-? Anyway...my purpose is not criticising Willis, there I am going off track, but I merely wanted to share my views about the movie. In a few words: It is a classic! Eerie atmosphere, smart plot, good performances, gripping, believable...and well...you may have a situation like that just next door! ;) If you haven't watch it before, you should definitely do it. Think about this: This movie has no negative reviews, isn't that a great sign? Full Review »