Skinamarink

critic Reviews

, 73% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Skinamarink can be more confounding than frightening, but for viewers able or willing to dial into its unique wavelength, this unsettling film will be difficult to shake.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    By the end I was more bored than frightened.
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    Richard NewbyEmpire Magazine
    It’s an unsettling Rorschach test with a haunting ending that will settle in the pit of your stomach like a stone. But it can be a polarizing experience that pushes the limits of patience.
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    Radheyan SimonpillaiCTV's Your Morning
    Taps into a primal fear of a child waking up in the night finding the things they take comfort (home, toys, cartoons) twisted into something nightmarish in the dark.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's only January, but this might be the most divisive horror movie of 2023 if people actually go see it. I might hate it myself; it's kind of hard to tell.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    The images appear to be the tip of an iceberg, but there’s no iceberg beneath them.
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    Meagan NavarroBloody Disgusting
    As impressive as this experiment in terror can be, it’s too sparse to earn its runtime.
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    Alan FrenchSunshine State Cineplex
    A stunning feature, Ball crafted a uniquely scary and unsettling debut. Few films in 2023 will be as scary as Skinamarink, and fewer will feel as technically proficient.
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    Bobby LePireFilm Threat
    Skinamarink is a movie where nothing happens, literally, and reaches its overly long runtime by just repeating scenes over and over for no rhyme or reason.
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    Maria Lattilawhynow
    As you watch and descend further into its ghastly world, you end up living through a very singular experience, perfectly captured by Ball, but it’s without a doubt a frustrating, at times boring watch.
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    Trace ThurmanHorror Queers Podcast
    A film I admire more than I actually like, Skinamarink's experimental format will confound most viewers, while absolutely terrifying others.
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