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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 28, 2013
    60
    The final act of Stoker walks a fine line between the sensational and the silly. Mr. Park is less interested in narrative suspense than in carefully orchestrated shocks and camouflaged motives.
  6. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Park is busy treating every frame like a runway model, dressing it up in self-conscious layers of cinematic haute couture. It’s gorgeous to gaze upon but otherwise dessicated – listless, juiceless and ultimately pointless. For all his exemplary camera work, there’s no motion, or emotion, in the picture.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Feb 5, 2013
    16
    The risible Stoker is a brutally empty, deeply unfortunate movie, and Park Chan-wook's jackhammer of a tool he calls a brush is, on this evidence, something that should be locked away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  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 is simultaneous vividly stunning with excellent performances. Look for this to steal some Oscars next year. Expand
  2. May 22, 2013
    10
    Love or Hate Wook Park, but you will certainly love Stoker. Bloody, stylized with awesome cutscenes and a well done story of a sexually abused girl by his mom's lover. It's a slow burn, quality thriller. It's graphic brutal violent content can be overwhelming but this movie manages to control it. It's a fun movie in a way. Dark, stylish and brutally good. Stoker is a little bit of everything. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    9
    My husband wanted to see the movie because of the NY Times review, while I was put off by the trailer and the mixed critic reviews. We did end up seeing it, and both loved it. It is more of a psychological thriller than the horror/slasher film implied by the trailer. The cinematography was outstanding and the direction wonderful; in fact, now I want to go back and see Oldboy. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2013
    6
    The movie starts at the funeral for Mr. Stoker. That leaves his introverted teenage daughter (Mia Wasikowska), his troubled wife (Nicole Kidman) and Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who shows up from obscurity. And the creepy, fatal games begin. Who's killing and why? While some things about the direction and cinematography are compelling, the slow pacing and ultimately silly story keep it from having the socko effect that was desired. Interesting coincidence: Harmony Korine (director of "Spring Breakers," which opened here this weekend) has an almost invisible part in this film as the art teacher.
    GAY ANGLE: Some handsome men, but no flesh and no fun.
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  5. Jun 25, 2013
    5
    Stoker is an exquisite film making, it sounds good, it looks great, but it lacks originality, which kind of disappoints in a movie that could be a one of a kind, lost opportunity, but let me deal with it, it is not an enjoyable experience, it is dark and dull, but in a good way, although it lacks originality, which means it has a lot of cliches, it stands out as one great thriller with disturbing imagery, great acting and storytelling, the editing is perfect the psychological part in this movie is perfect, but still, it is not what I was hoping for, pity. Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2013
    4
    This movie just wasn't for me. I found while well made and well acted it suffered from a predictable and clichéd script in which you see most of the movie coming a mile away. Expand
  7. Jul 27, 2013
    0
    This review contains spoilers. A pointless movie, without any psychology in it, like a good horror movie shoud have, no moral, no talcum, a pointless, useless story about a girl who kills people without any purpose. Ok, she murdered that boy from school because he was tryin' to do her thing. But...the police man??? Bad, simply bad. Collapse

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