Oculus (2014)

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: August 5, 2014
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Oculus is about one adjustment away from being a superior thriller.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Oculus, a cleverer-than-average haunted-house movie... speaks to a couple of widespread anxieties-one topical, the other sadly timeless.

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Scott Weinberg

Good script, strong cast, several quality scares... yeah, it's actually a decent haunted mirror movie!

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James Rocchi

Praised on the festival circuit, it's got what it takes to succeed outside of that rarefied atmosphere.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

"Reaches right through you and chills you to the bone."

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Peter Hall

Director Mike Flanagan (Absentia) apparently has not been paying attention to the rules of making mainstream horror movies in America, and that's probably why Oculus is one of the best American horror movies in years.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

What's missing? A sense of the ineffable.

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Wesley Morris

As far as competence goes, Oculus doesn't have so little as to be accidentally entertaining or enough to come close to working.

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Jonathan Hatfull

By rooting its clever narrative structure in a tragic story, Flanagan has created a horror that pulls on the heartstrings as often as it grabs you by the throat... Nail-biting, mind-bending and very, very scary, Oculus is a must-see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
After watching "Oculus" for the first time I was just a little disappointed, because though there are many frightening elements to this story,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
An intelligent horror film that invests in a constant tension instead of resorting to scares and deserves credit for the amazing way that it fuses (and… More
JY Skacto
Mike Flanagan's Oculus brings some thrills to the horror genre. Spanning a little over 90 minutes, the film's first half and build up is a highlight.… More
familiar stranger
August 31, 2014 Too predictable. Hardly scary or interesting. As malevolent as the supernatural mirror!! 0.5/5.
Edward Boxler
Oculus is freaky. That's all you need to know. Now go see it. If you want me to go in more detail, I won't. The narrative progression explains… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars