The Skeleton Key
The Skeleton Key (2005)

Caroline, a hospice worker, is hired to tend the very old and dying Ben Devereaux. Devereaux lives in a huge Louisiana mansion, where he's watched over by his wife, Violet. Caroline soon discovers that a pair of century-old spirits… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
38%
Flixster
User Score
58%



Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to its creaky and formulaic script, The Skeleton Key is more mumbo-jumbo than hoodoo and more dull than scary.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.

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USA Today

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

The Skeleton Key delivers on all formulaic counts, except one: It never serves up any truly nightmare-inspiring scares.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Criminal waste of talent.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A diverting, stylish thriller that, despite pivoting on that and other whoppers, deserves credit for creating an authentic, original vibe.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A genuinely creepy offering in a world filled with contrived bland dramas posing as thrillers.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Reinvigorates the supernatural thriller genre with a much needed infusion of new ideas and just plain nasty, digital-free mischief.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Creepy movie with some nice twists.
Stuart Brooks
Decent enough horor/thriller
Wahida K
If someone likes occult stuff, this is a right thing, there is a tiny bit of everything. Skeleton Key is one of the greatest Mystery/Occult Movies I think.
Melvin White
Violet Devereaux: We've been waiting for you, Caroline.  "You Will Believe" The Skeleton Key is a pretty creepy and completely atmospheric… More
Red Lats
Scary movie. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who the bad guy was and how was it going to end? It didn't end the way I figured it would.… More
Steven Carrier
"The Skeleton Key" is certainly goofy and the various filters and morphing effects used to create 'creepy' images add a high level of camp,… More

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