Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 25, 2013
    An intense mix of horror, thriller and domestic drama, this is exquisite film making.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 28, 2013
    The chilling and stylish and aggressively creepy Stoker begins at the end and takes us on a shocking and lurid journey before we land right where we started, now seeing every small detail through a different lens. It's disturbingly good.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 20, 2013
    Stoker operates in a perpetual state of dread, a sophisticated Southern gothic that starts out confusing and winds up as a perversely humorous coming-of-age yarn.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 27, 2013
    Anyone already planning on seeing Stoker, the English-language film debut of Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook, shouldn’t read this review. Or watch a trailer. Or read anything about it at all, really...It’s best taken one tense, exhilarating moment at a time, without anticipation or expectation.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    Park allows this macabre coming-of-age tale to be defined by mood and style above all else.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 5, 2013
    More blatantly an exercise in style than anything on par with the director's crowning achievements, and suffers to some degree from the predictability of its premise.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Jun 29, 2013
    Stoker has a first rate art direction and an exquisite editing with an astonishing soundtrack and a great cast but a ridden of cliches and a third rate, tired and unoriginal plot that is pointless and dumb. This thriller is gruesome and it is not everyone's cup of tea, although it looks spellbinding and delightful, it is a dull, disturbing and an uneven experience in so many ways. Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2013
    Is very strange and is not commercial. Is very Well acted and is fun. The images are very beautiful and psychological terror. Is very paused and sometimes is erotic Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2013
    It's safe to say that fans of the Director will be pleased but so wil regular audiences as well. This is a GREAT thriller which is simultaneous vividly stunning with excellent performances. Look for this to steal some Oscars next year. Full Review »