Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 89
    A spare, discomfiting score and uniformly excellent performances, and you have a quiet little masterpiece of dark and chilling beauty.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Has everything you want in a supernatural thriller except thrills.
  3. The most sophisticated and satisfying ghost story on film since "The Sixth Sense."
  4. 60
    The payoff matters at least as much as the setup, and this story's secret is way too easy to guess.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!"
  7. This is a subdued and sometimes subtle exercise in ghostly doings, going against the horror-movie grain by relying on quietude and understatement.
  8. 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.
  9. 60
    Isn't much more than a proficient gothic mystery with a final twist that offers a satisfying little frisson before you start counting how many times it's been used before.
  10. 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.
  11. 88
    A fiendishly subtle horror movie, a goosebump-inducing exercise in suspense that uses your own imagination to scare you silly.
  12. 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.
  13. If you like being scared, you should have fun. Bring a date to hold hands with.
  14. The suspense is as tingly as jalapenos on the tongue.
  15. 38
    What Amenabar offers here is an unconvincing, pretentiously artsy pastiche of just about every hoary old gothic thriller you can think of.
  16. Beautiful to behold but lacking in any kind of palpable dread or suspense.
  17. 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."
  18. 90
    An elegantly crafted entertainment, balanced between the psychological and the supernatural, that gets extra credit for not relying on computer effects.
  19. The Others is great as a collection of acknowledgments, but a ghost story made of a bunch of ghoulish thank-yous isn't that haunting.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A minor-key ghost story with major jolts.
  22. 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.
  23. 40
    The big surprise is so obvious that it makes the deliberate pacing seem painfully slow, and Kidman's prissy accent and tight-lipped performance are more than a little grating.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Kidman gets kudos for giving the enterprise a touch of class, while the film gives the studio's library a rare pedigreed addition.
  25. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A luxuriously old-fashioned star vehicle custom-fit to its topliner's strengths, which come across to sensational effect.
  26. 90
    This is one scary movie, not because we see ghosts or monsters, but because Kidman makes us feel her fear as our own.
  27. You can't take your eyes off Ms. Kidman; she has never played a role with more focused energy.
  28. It's the atmospheric sideshow that earns the highest marks.
  29. 80
    A tantalizing spine-tingler.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    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
    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. Dec 14, 2010
    This is the best movie ever. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.
    If you have not seen this u need to!
    this is a scariest move as well