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Mirrors

action & adventure, horror, thrillers


From the director of The Hills Have Eyes comes the terrifying story of troubled ex-cop who must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    14%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Brutal horror movie offers little to reflect on.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this brutal horror movie is graphically, grotesquely, and grimly violent, featuring extensive sequences of special-effects gore. Disturbing, gory images are lingered over, and the film's magical-mirror plotline -- in which mystical reflection images are recreated in the real world -- means that, in many cases, viewers literally get to see the same horrifically violent acts twice. There's also a demonic-possession element to the plot, as well as a bit of sexuality, some strong language, and references to a drinking problem.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the nature and character of bloody horror films. Why does Hollywood make them, and what purpose do they serve? This movie -- like The Ring, The Grudge, and Pulse -- is a remake of an Asian horror film; why has Hollywood found Asian horror films so worthy of re-visitation over the past few years? Do violent horror films release negative emotional energy or create it? Can violent, graphic images in films like this desensitize viewers? Does it matter whether the goriness seems "over the top"?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    14%
    reviews counted: 12
    see all Mirrors reviews
  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Alexandre Aja keeps the suspense tight for most of the movie, only to fritter it away in an overblown ending.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Monday, August 18, 2008

Rotten: How could horror be so dull?

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rotten: This remake of a South Korean movie ultimately provides fewer scares than the average aging baby boomer feels every time they look into a reflective surface.

- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Monday, August 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Mirrors is a pretty interesting concept for a horror film. Instead of the of a haunted house, we are experiencing terror in an abandoned haunted department store that was once an asylum. A very interesting story unfolds. However this type of film has been done many times over, and is not original. Alexandre Aja, the man responsible for The Hills Have Eyes remake helms this project, and with his expertise, gives it a dark, eerie atmosphere that makes you uncomfortable, very much like Hills have eyes. Kiefer Sutherland gives a decent enough performance, but unfortunately the film relies too much on CGI effects to create it's horror, and thus Mirrors is an ordinary average horror film with barely no payoff in the end. Its a great looking film however, but the rest is average.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, June 12, 2010

2 stars

Wow, Mirrors was laughably bad. I finally ended up finishing the movie on my third attempt, and the only thing interesting about it was the fact that it kept topping its own ridiculousness, again and again. Even hardcore fans of Paula Patton, Kiefer Sutherland, and bad horror movies will find little justify the 100 or so minutes that it takes to watch this. Think of the countless number of times in horror movies where there was a jump scare involving something suddenly appearing in a mirror as a person looks into it. Ninety percent of the time, these scenes are lame, right? Now imagine an entire movie based around that happening over and over. It's really not much of a surprise that this is so crappy now, is it? Even once you're past the dead-on-arrival premise, Mirrors has plenty more problems. Kiefer Sutherland is completely wrong for his role. Completely. He just swears awkwardly and slips into Jack Bauer mode at the most awkward times. To be fair, it would be hard for any actor to make much out of the part with a script this bad. Gems like "You gotta be careful of the water, it creates reflections!", actually made me laugh out loud. It's impressive that the cast could say lines like that with a straight face. Add all that to the fact that it moves from one cliche to the next and there are no scares to be found. Mirrors is just an absurd, disposable horror movie with a bad ending. Don't bother with it. Watch The Broken instead - it deals with a similar concept, but executes it much better.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

1 star

Mirrors is one of those movies that has a great plot going for it and really gets you into the film... and then totally turns to shit. I hate that. If your movie sucks, then just let the whole thing suck. The film stars Keifer Sutherland as an out of work cop because of a boo-boo that ends up being a security guard at a burned out hotel in NYC. Why in the hell they would need security at a pile of garbage I do not know, but he does and while working the night shift notices that the mirrors in the place are screwing around with him, leading to every mirror on the planet being an enemy to himself and his family. To save them he must find the old woman who seems to hold the key to this whole mess. Like I said, the film had a great start and was becoming a first class thriller. Then they kill someone for no apparent reason. Then they make the film so cliched that it's pathetic, ending with crap that tries to be a twist, but fails because we saw it coming a mile away. Mirrors is a real crapfest that leaves you stumbling from its mid point to the end. A thrown together piece of trash..

- sononothing, Wednesday, January 27, 2010