The Others

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. 90
    Only some bumpy, arid passages in the script keep The Others out of the master class occupied by the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and, my favorite, 1961's "The Innocents."
  2. 90
    An elegantly crafted entertainment, balanced between the psychological and the supernatural, that gets extra credit for not relying on computer effects.
  3. 90
    This is one scary movie, not because we see ghosts or monsters, but because Kidman makes us feel her fear as our own.
  4. Though Kidman doesn't hesitate to make Grace high-strung and as tightly wound as they come, she also projects vulnerability and courage when they're called for. It's an intense, involving performance, and it dominates and energizes a film that would be lost without it.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    90
    A luxuriously old-fashioned star vehicle custom-fit to its topliner's strengths, which come across to sensational effect.
  6. It's the atmospheric sideshow that earns the highest marks.
  7. 89
    A spare, discomfiting score and uniformly excellent performances, and you have a quiet little masterpiece of dark and chilling beauty.
  8. 88
    A fiendishly subtle horror movie, a goosebump-inducing exercise in suspense that uses your own imagination to scare you silly.
  9. The most sophisticated and satisfying ghost story on film since "The Sixth Sense."
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A minor-key ghost story with major jolts.
  11. If you like being scared, you should have fun. Bring a date to hold hands with.
  12. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    You can't take your eyes off Ms. Kidman; she has never played a role with more focused energy.
  13. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    80
    Some moviegoers are bound to take issue with the trick, "Sixth Sense"-style ending (or cynically see it coming), but The Others is mostly spooky fun, and a strong calling card for Amenabar.
  14. 80
    A tantalizing spine-tingler.
  15. The gimmicks, in the end, are too arbitrary to tie together in a memorably haunting fashion, though they do culminate in a Big Twist, a nifty one that almost -- but not quite -- makes you want to see the movie again.
  16. 75
    A classic haunted-house story enshrouded in fog and steeped in portentous atmosphere. It gives you a case of the creeps oh-so slowly, then hits you with a clever, mind-warping way of saying, "Boo!"
  17. There are hints of madness in all the characters, and it gets creepier and more surreal as it goes along until it finally comes to a showstopping climax that took me completely by surprise and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up straight.
  18. The suspense is as tingly as jalapenos on the tongue.
  19. The icy reserve that sometimes stands in the way of Kidman's expressive gifts here becomes the foundation of her most emotionally layered performance to date.
  20. 63
    In drawing out his effects, Amenabar is a little too confident that style can substitute for substance. As our suspense was supposed to be building, our impatience was outstripping it.
  21. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Has everything you want in a supernatural thriller except thrills.
  22. Beautiful to behold but lacking in any kind of palpable dread or suspense.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Kidman gets kudos for giving the enterprise a touch of class, while the film gives the studio's library a rare pedigreed addition.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 329 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    8
    Scary, smart, and with just a simply fantastic performance from Nicole Kidman, The Others is also a lot more scarier due to its twist and lowScary, smart, and with just a simply fantastic performance from Nicole Kidman, The Others is also a lot more scarier due to its twist and low budget. I give this movie 85%. Full Review »
  2. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    Fantastic, the film manages to keep the plot tight and neat and creates great suspense something that the six sense couldn't do so noFantastic, the film manages to keep the plot tight and neat and creates great suspense something that the six sense couldn't do so no undeveloped subplots or underwritten characters in the others.Whether The twist ending is predictable or not .who cares ? Because the characters are well written and Nicole Kidman's performance as the quirky mother is great that one of the most underrated performance see her facial expressions in the mirror while she is removing the sheets in that empty room.

    If the others came out before the sixth sense , I bet everyone would diss the sixth sense.
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  3. May 28, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. i love it ,it's very interesting, one of the best horror movies ever i was dieing from fear my English is bad don't blame me about the grammar ........etc Full Review »