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Stoker

thrillers


ACADEMY AWARD® Winner Nicole Kidman (Actress, The Hours, 2002), Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode star in this darkly wicked suspense thriller about disturbing family secrets revealed.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    69%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5

Stylish but gruesomely violent thriller riffs on Hitchcock.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stoker is a dark thriller that riffs on Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt and has nothing to do with Dracula author Bram Stoker. The movie is filled with gruesome murders and lots of blood, including spraying, spattering, and dribbling down a wall. Characters are strangled; others are killed with hunting rifles, rocks to the head, and pruning shears to the neck. There's some strong, somewhat dark sexual innuendo. A teen girl masturbates in the shower (a nipple and buttocks are shown), and there are kissing scenes with both teens and adults. One adult character drinks wine regularly and perhaps overindulges a bit too often. A teen girl gulps a glass of wine. Language is sparse, with only a use of "bitch." The movie is very stylish and non-realistic, and teen movie buffs -- especially those familiar with director Park Chan-wook's Korean films -- will be interested in seeing it. But it's recommended only for the most mature viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Stoker's violence. How does it work within the context of the story? Could it have been less gruesome?
  • What is India's relationship with her mother like? How do they communicate? How could they improve their communication?
  • Does India seem too young to be so sexualized? What message does her character send teens who might see the movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    69%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: If the destination isn't what it might have been, the journey is a heck of a ride.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fresh: Aesthetics are steering this ghostly ship, leaving narrative in the background to fend for itself. Fortunately, Park is in full command of his repertoire.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fresh: Refracted through Park's graceful filmmaking style, "Stoker" is mysterious, demanding, sometimes baffling and richly rewarding.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, March 14, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Many have gone so far as to say this is inspired by Hitchcock, but that is to completely disregard the director's facility with wit, nuance and decorum. The script is pointless, classless and vulgar. Ok so those last two are the same thing, but I want to really stress that. This is about as similar to Hitchcock as Kim Kardashian is to Audrey Hepburn. If Shadow of a Doubt is the bon vivant that teaches English literature at the University level then Stoker is the drunk and disorderly younger brother (with a slavish devotion to designer labels) that didn't finish high school. Need another example? Mia Wasikowska's shower sequence comes to mind. No it's not like the one in Psycho but it is memorable and not in a good way. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com

- hobster1, Monday, March 25, 2013

2 stars

Many have gone so far as to say this is inspired by Hitchcock, but that is to completely disregard the director's facility with wit, nuance and decorum. The script is pointless, classless and vulgar. Ok so those last two are the same thing, but I want to really stress that. This is about as similar to Hitchcock as Kim Kardashian is to Audrey Hepburn. If Shadow of a Doubt is the bon vivant that teaches English literature at the University level then Stoker is the drunk and disorderly younger brother (with a slavish devotion to designer labels) that didn't finish high school. Need another example? Mia Wasikowska's shower sequence comes to mind. No it's not like the one in Psycho but it is memorable and not in a good way. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com

- hobster1, Monday, March 25, 2013

4 stars

India: We don't need to be friends, we're family. Stoker is the English-language debut of Korean director Park Chan-wook, who has previously made thrillers such as Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, which are known for depicting brutal subject matter within the frame of beautifully executed visuals. Those familiar with his work can see that Chan-wook has a deep appreciation for filmmakers such as Hitchcock and he has gone on to make films that echo that sort of work at a more extreme level. Stoker is very much indebted to Hitchcock, as well as Brian DePalma, among others, given how the film portrays a level of suspense in such an effective manner. The film is a psychological drama as well as an American Gothic horror film that Park Chan-wook really directs the hell out of. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

- DrZeek, Thursday, February 28, 2013