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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    A well-intentioned horror film that is weighted down by stellar cast members who for the most part act as if they don't want to be there. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Director Iain Softley employs intriguing camera angles to heighten some of the suspense. It's too bad the movie goes over the top and falls apart in the last third. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    A very goofy movie that makes sense only to the screenwriter and his next of kin. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Stylishly spooky and featuring a hammy, cigarette-sucking performance from Gena Rowlands. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The only thing to do, then, is settle back and appreciate Hudson's no-nonsense performance, an appealingly mature turn that makes you hope she has turned her back on second-rate romantic fluff. (Whether second-rate horror represents actual improvement is another matter.) show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    An elegantly mounted ghost story that's steeped plenty of dank Louisiana atmosphere. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of those movies that explains too much while it is explaining too little, and leaves us with a surprise at the end that makes more sense the less we think about it. But the movie's mastery of technique makes up for a lot. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    For all its dark, Gothic intentions and supernatural twists, it lacks the emotional and intellectual punch of similarly themed films, most notably Alejandro Amenábar's "The Others." show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Delivers its share of cheap scares but never unlocks the door to the creepiness that would have made this is memorable movie-going experience. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The soundtrack is guaranteed to send chills where they'll be most effective, and the ultimate resolution is a real shocker. While it doesn't explain away everything that's happened, it comes deliciously close. show more

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