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  • Summary: This contemporary supernatural thrilled, set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, stars Hudson as a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home...a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana delta. (Universal Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. For anyone zombified by creaky thriller clich├ęs, Skeleton is a fine little shot in the head.
  2. It's far from strikingly original, but it's well-acted, skillfully plotted and moderately chilling, and it's something slightly different in the haunted-house genre.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Director Iain Softley employs intriguing camera angles to heighten some of the suspense. It's too bad the movie goes over the top and falls apart in the last third.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    It's all ultimately made watchable by the exceptional cast ... and a story that, despite some unsavory racial undertones, holds the audience's interest even when it veers toward the downright silly.
  5. 50
    It has the wild, rancid atmosphere of a garbage bag that a raccoon has ripped open.
  6. 50
    The Skeleton Key takes its time making a slow, creeping ascent, but once it starts plummeting downward, Softley keeps things moving at a furious pace, and both Hudson and Rowlands enjoy surrendering themselves to the grandiloquent lunacy of it all.
  7. 20
    Wholly devoid of suspense or chills, The Skeleton Key simply bides its time until its big final plot twist, but the filmmakers don't seem to realize that a second-rate twist can't redeem a third-rate fright flick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 9 out of 42