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: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 37% 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.

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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

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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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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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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's lots of bad stuff brewing on the bayou in this occasionally scary but more often silly movie, which wastes some good actors along the way.

Rob Gonsalves

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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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