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A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Actors: Katee Sackhoff , Karen Gillan , Brenton Thwaites , James Lafferty , Rory Cochrane , Kate Siegel , Garrett Ryan , Katie Parker , Miguel Sandoval , Annalise Basso
Directors: Mike Flanagan
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-11
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  • Eric Kohn

    In Oculus, the horror is at once deceptively simple and rooted in a deep, primal uneasiness. Its scariest aspects are universally familiar.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Less concerned with fake shocks and show-me violence than the grimly calibrated rotting of personalities, Oculus is one of the more intelligently nasty horror films in recent memory.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Replete with superb performances led by a paranoid Sackhoff and unhinged Cochrane, it's the rare horror film to know how to tease malevolent mysteries and deliver satisfyingly unexpected, unsettling payoffs.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Oculus is one of the more elegant scary movies in recent memory.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Like many horror directors, Flanagan felt he could build a feature-length film around his brief idea. Unlike many, he was right.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It's easily the scariest movie since "The Conjuring," and in some ways is a deeper and more satisfying film. It's stylish but not showy, more concerned with the thematic undercurrents coursing just beneath the surface.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    It’s clean, lean and smart. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    For a horror movie, Oculus is surprisingly lean on the scares. It's more interested in playing tricks with perception and bending reality.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Oculus director Mike Flanagan has crafted a satisfyingly old-fashioned ghost story that, in its evocation of shivery dread, is the most unnerving poltergeist picture since “The Conjuring.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Unsettling and well-acted story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Like the similar, and slightly superior, "The Conjuring" last summer, Oculus eschews the buckets of gore common to R-rated horror movies and takes a relatively subtle, psychological approach — even if the somewhat disappointing ending leaves the door open for a sequel (or three).

    New York Post Full Review
  • John DeFore

    The story's conclusion benefits from a closure that is satisfying despite — and even because of — its predictability.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Cleverly complex, if not quite as scary or memorable as one might have hoped.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The derivative evil-mirror potboiler Oculus doesn’t exactly shatter the clichés of the genre, but it does distort them in a couple of interesting ways, beginning with a creative reversal of the usual vengeful-spirit plot.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    How do you get revenge on an inanimate object? That’s the quandary facing the characters in Oculus, a deeply silly and mildly effective horror movie.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Oculus earns its frights the old fashioned way — with convincingly traumatized characters, with smoke and with mirrors.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Through a mini-triumph of montage, what begins as run-of-the-mill backstory vomit is thrillingly repackaged as an almost-Lynchian duet between warring states of consciousness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Oculus is a time bomb of a psychological horror film.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    A derivative but efficient chiller that cribs from “Solaris,” “The Shining” and “The Amityville Horror” yet also shows glimmers of imagination.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Oculus eventually becomes little more than a series of ghostly figures and twisted visions on its way to a cop-out of an ending that you'll see coming an hour away. Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    One of the problems with director Mike Flanagan’s occasionally involving but ultimately dull thriller is that the whole movie hinges on a reflective piece of glass.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    At its best, it delves into the murky areas of memory, childhood trauma, and family conflict. But it forgoes such troubling issues for mumbo jumbo and glowing-eyed wraiths.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    The flashbacks, which get almost as much screen time as the present day story, are far more compelling.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Oculus takes a potentially corny premise further than most could, but it keeps stumbling on the possibilities, never quite taking any of them all the way.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Unless you’re Billy Bob Thornton, old furniture just isn’t all that scary.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Oculus never quite resolves into the image of horror it clearly wishes to be. Kudos, though, to cinematographer Michael Fimognari and score composers, the Newton Brothers – all of whom provide a fertile audiovisual background for Flanagan’s film.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    One reason Oculus feels so talky and monotonous in spite of its tricky syntax is that the space itself isn’t charged with malignancy. And the monster doesn’t compensate — it’s dumb, blockish, inert. The mirror doesn’t have two faces. It barely has one.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The result: a dangerously cracked creep flick.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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