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Reviews: Oculus (2014)

oculusReviews for this film from our members:

  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While not as frightening or overall effective as “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” or “Sinister,” “Oculus” is still a fun ride for fans of horror films.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Discovering the method of this mirror is the film’s central delight.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Oculus is a character driven story shrewdly written and beautifully acted. It’s nice to bask in the sophistication of an intelligently written screenplay that doesn’t depend on jump scares.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: “Oculus” is something of a precise mess, using its disjointed narrative arrangement to disconcerting effect.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Oculus’ is like a meal that smells delicious when cooking, but winds up tasteless and bland on the table.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: An unsettling, tension-filled and wholly unpredictable mystery horror that’s both classically unnerving in the way that only the best horrors are while at the same time not afraid to show its hand of strangeness.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has enough eerie punch to lift this otherwise generic goosebump offering beyond its atmospheric twitching.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Num sub-género gasto, a ideia-base era boa, o argumento muito bom, e a execução foi bem conseguida, mas dá uma sensação de mediocridade, especificamente na junção dos actos.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [A] slow-burning supernatural thriller [that’s] uneven but genuinely eerie and unsettling.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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