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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
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  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
  1. BrennanS.
    Oct 24, 2005
    Suspenseful and heart-quickening, this thriller had me on the edge of my seat, hiding. The ending had me rooting for Caroline and her adventure. A+
  2. WallyS.
    Dec 8, 2005
    Suspensful and morraly correct, a product of fear with surprising sequences that will leave you haunted, masterful work, the climax is stunning!
  3. DezM.
    Apr 8, 2006
    Suspenseful movie and pretty good acting, but if you've seen Burnt Offerings (from 1976) and Die Die My Darling! (from the 1960s), you've already seen it. It is not an original movie -- it is a remake. Expand
  4. Barry
    Aug 13, 2005
    It is a movie intended to scare and frighten the audience. What is most frightening and scary is that some reputable critics and newspapers found it worthy of positive comments and recommendations. There is no doubt that, as badly written as this film is, it has a cast that tries very hard to make it work. This is Kate Hudson Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Aug 26, 2005
    If Caroline (Kate Hudson) is supposed to be a prospective nurse, she should probably make a bigger deal over her patient's ability to crawl out of his room, knowing that he was diagnosed with a massive stroke. This incident, in which the geriatric man somehow survives a tumble from his roof, seems to be forgotten by the hospice worker. If she remembered that a temporary awakening of the body is atypical of stroke victims, "Skeleton Key" would've been a lot shorter. But if Caroline was smarter, we'd be deprived of the unintentionally funny moment when she runs around the house with a jar of dirt. Expand
  6. jefff.
    Aug 23, 2005
    Pretty good up until that worthless twist ending.
  7. JosephS
    Dec 4, 2005
    Its like unintentionally funny multiplied itself by unintentionally funny and they canceled eachother out.

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