Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
Watch On
  1. 38
    Strictly summer schlock.
  2. 30
    Creaky in its mechanics and numbingly protracted, this is basement B horror that fancies itself a prestige chiller.
  3. A well-intentioned horror film that is weighted down by stellar cast members who for the most part act as if they don't want to be there.
  4. 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.
  5. A top-notch cast was gathered and then wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 9 out of 42
  1. DezM.
    Apr 8, 2006
    8
    Suspenseful movie and pretty good acting, but if you've seen Burnt Offerings (from 1976) and Die Die My Darling! (from the 1960s), 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. Full Review »
  2. jonr
    Dec 28, 2005
    5
    I really liked it at first but it's one of those movies that tries to be original and shock you with a plot twist. Unfortunatly it just I really liked it at first but it's one of those movies that tries to be original and shock you with a plot twist. Unfortunatly it just gave too many clues and it's very easy to figue out what's going on and it's annoying to watch the clueless protagonist. At least it gets props for a unstereotypical ending. Full Review »
  3. MarcoM.
    Dec 10, 2005
    8
    Not the scariest film out there but the intriguing storyline makes up for it. I absolutely detested/adored the ending. It