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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 custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim's innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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""Reaches right through you and chills you to the bone.""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"For a horror movie, Oculus is surprisingly lean on the scares. It's more interested in playing tricks with perception and bending reality."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Mike Flanagan milks a setup that sounds like typical, b-movie chaff [and] turns it into one of the scarier American horror flicks we've seen in some time."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The acting isn't always as elegant as the camerawork and the story feels a tad over-extended, but with his mix of sharp shocks and intricate choreography Flanagan has come up with an impressive and effective chiller."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The eerie atmosphere of psychological upset is intriguing and unusual, but it's not actually all that scary."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"As far as competence goes, Oculus doesn't have so little as to be accidentally entertaining or enough to come close to working."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"It's just a little vague, a little familiar, a little fake."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Uma obra que trabalha por seus sustos em vez de tentar conquistá-los artificialmente através de acordes súbitos na trilha sonora ou de gatos que saltam sobre a mocinha vindos sabe-se-lá-de-onde."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"There's a sustained mood of eerie anticipation, and the committed leads sell it."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"There's a palpable sense of dread instead of just the usual cheap boo! moments."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A deeply silly and mildly effective horror movie about two young-adult siblings coping with the mysterious deaths of their parents."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
""Oculus" is haunting because it messes with your head. That's where the ghosts are."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This unpretentiously efficient affair handles its dual-narrative past/present intercuts with aplomb and keeps a couple of nicely nasty tricks up its sleeve."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Flanagan instead gradually ramps up the dread and in the process delivers one of the finest horrors of recent years."
‑ George Byrne, Irish Independent
"An intense, devastating experience that relies as heavily on its character-building as its scary imagery."
‑ Sarah Dobbs, SFX Magazine
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