Stoker

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
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  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 25, 2013
    100
    An intense mix of horror, thriller and domestic drama, this is exquisite film making.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 28, 2013
    88
    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
    83
    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
    83
    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
    83
    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
    83
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Stroker slips down the gullet with less fuss, but there are enough blood sprays and snapped vertebrae to pacify the director's clamorous fan club -- and, for the rest of us, plenty of chances to reconsider his style. It is, unquestionably, something to behold. [8 March 2013, p.80]
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 1, 2013
    80
    For as long as Park and Wasikowska keep it burbling, it's an intoxicating brew.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeremy Kay
    Feb 22, 2013
    80
    Literary references and symbolism abound in Stoker. You can get tied up trying to figure out who is what. That is the idea. All the clues are there. You just have to look closely.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Feb 22, 2013
    80
    Park Chan-wook brings operatic finesse to generic material in his tight-wound, wickedly weird US debut. And Mia Wasikowska nails it.
  11. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 5, 2013
    80
    Park's unsettling visuals and his handling of the cast make the occasional holes in Wentworth Miller's script practically irrelevant.
  12. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Feb 5, 2013
    80
    A splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller, American Gothic fairy tale and a contemporary kink all Park's own.
  13. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 25, 2013
    75
    Stoker is the sort of stylish, cerebral movie that engages your brain instead of your emotions, and yet you’re never less than intrigued by the breathtaking visual artistry of this slow-burn thriller.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    A beautifully twisted, slow-burning psychothriller that may or may not all be taking place inside India's head.
  15. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    Once Wentworth Miller's screenplay starts to provide answers for Charlie's mysterious menace, though, expectations are left unfulfilled.
  16. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 13, 2013
    75
    Stoker is deliciously demented, and that's a good thing. This twisted coming-of-age tale takes us into "Carrie" territory without the supernatural element.
  17. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    Sure, it’s got its horror aspects. But for my money, this movie belongs alongside “Secretary,” “Ginger Snaps” and “Thirteen” in the family of deliciously dark female coming-of-age stories.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    The performances are excellent, but it’s the direction that lifts the movie up and spins it around. Like Hitchcock, Park storyboards everything ahead of time, and while that level of control might seem claustrophobic in theory, it ends up freeing Stoker to sail into zones of malevolent visual sensuality.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    Stoker is Park's darkly funny, deliciously depraved riff on Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt."
  20. 75
    The Hollywood debut of Korean filmmaker Chan-Wook Park (“Oldboy”) is a vivid, short exercise in tone, a movie lacking shocks and huge surprises, but one that makes up for that by creeping us out, from start to finish.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 14, 2013
    70
    There is something immensely rewarding about being in the hands of a director whose confidence is such that he can lead us to uncomfortable places and we’ll go eagerly along for the ride, just to see where it leads.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 14, 2013
    63
    Like a taxidermied owl, Stoker is lovely to look at, but in the end it’s hard to give a hoot.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 28, 2013
    63
    Wasikowska is a fine, intriguing actress, though I'm not sure anyone could make actual psychological sense of this woman. Nobody on screen — not Kidman, not Goode, not Wasikowska, not Jacki Weaver as Auntie Gin — seems entirely at home in the chosen (or guessed-at) style.
  24. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 27, 2013
    63
    It does have a dark, satisfyingly sinister feeling of gothic creepiness that I somewhat reluctantly admit appealed to my enjoyment of perversity as entertainment.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    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 isIt'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 »
  2. Jun 29, 2013
    4
    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 aStoker 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 »
  3. May 12, 2013
    7
    Is very strange and is not commercial. Is very Well acted and is fun. The images are very beautiful and psychological terror. Is very pausedIs 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 »