The Skeleton Key
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A young woman discovers a terrible secret while caring for an elderly man in this supernatural thriller. Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a care provider for the aged who is hired away from the hospice where she works by Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands). Violet needs someone to help take care of her husband, Ben (John Hurt), who is in poor health and doesn't have long to live. Violet and Ben live in a decaying rattletrap mansion not far from New Orleans, and as she settles into her work, Caroline spends her spare time exploring the house. It isn't long before Caroline discovers evidence that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is essentially a haunted-house horror flick that starts off with effectively eerie scenes but devolves into a forced and mildly ridiculous ghost story."
‑ , USA Today
"The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?"
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A paint-by-numbers supernatural thriller that's more interesting for its locations than for its story."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Unlocks a mystery, but the journey is fraught with the familiar."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The Skeleton Key delivers on all formulaic counts, except one: It never serves up any truly nightmare-inspiring scares."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Criminal waste of talent."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The voodoo lore is sketchy (it can't hurt unbelievers, except when it can), the plot obviously little but build-up to the big reveal."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Pretty much what you would expect from the screenwriter of disappointing films such as Scream 3, Reindeer Games and Arlington Road."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"Its ultimate twist is both admirable and startling, making this savory gumbo worth a nibble."
‑ Randy Shulman, Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
"A diverting, stylish thriller that, despite pivoting on that and other whoppers, deserves credit for creating an authentic, original vibe."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A genuinely creepy offering in a world filled with contrived bland dramas posing as thrillers."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Reinvigorates the supernatural thriller genre with a much needed infusion of new ideas and just plain nasty, digital-free mischief."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Es predecible y soporífera, llena de clichés y lugares comunes, sin lograr crear nunca la atmósfera adecuada para que el espectador logre una conexión emocional"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"The film's lush atmosphere is a thin smokescreen to hide the fact that its formulaic underpinnings prevent it from approaching anything that is truly scary or unsettling"
‑ Brian Mckay,
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