Oculus Synopsis
A brother and sister try to prove their parents' murders were the act of a sinister supernatural force.
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Village Voice

By 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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Oculus is one of the more elegant scary movies in recent memory.
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The Playlist

By 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,...
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It’s clean, lean and smart.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Unsettling and well-acted story.
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By 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.
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New York Post

By 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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The story's conclusion benefits from a closure that is satisfying despite — and even because of — its predictability.
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By Dennis Harvey
Cleverly complex, if not quite as scary or memorable as one might have hoped.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
Unless you’re Billy Bob Thornton, old furniture just isn’t all that scary.
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Are people stupid?

By a_gratz1990
This is a great horror film relying on suspense, story, and character over blood or pointless jump scares. If you're not an idiot and paid even the slightest attention to the movie, the double...

It was not what I expected ...

By chabron
Save your money and wait until this movies come out on DVD. This movie is not what I expected. The movie is slow at the beginning telling the story and after that, there is no much to get scared. I...

What a waste of money!

By egraham3000
Save your money, this movie is NOT worth your time or money! It's confusing as hell, it doesn't explain what the deal w/ that mirror is, it's not scary at ALL (and I'm a horror movie nut, I know a...

Slow and Predictable

By ehampton
This film suffers from flashbacks that slow it down. Though there are a couple of gory moments, the film fails to terrify its audience. The one good thing is the attempted psychological mystery...


By movie_goer101
This movie completely blew me away. I am amazed at how many people are giving it so-so reviews. As a complete production, this may be the best movie I have seen in years. All of the actors are...


By redneckmurdell
Was not what i expected the movie to be. The gore and scary illusion aspect of the movie was pretty good, it had many scenes that shocked you and some that made you jump. Overall the story of the...


By kjckb
I was really irritated by this movie. It's way too confusing jumping back and forth from the past to the present, then they mesh the past and present together to totally confuse you. Then, it ends...

Very disappointed!

By jackibelfonte41
Was excited for a good demonic possession movie. What I got was bouncy plot with characters that are hard to like or feel sorry for. There is no real reason to go out and spend money on this film....

an original and satisfying thriller

By tflanagan1949
super performances, creepy atmosphere throughout, and very skillful blending of the past into the present as a brother and sister try to understand the terrible fate their family met ten years ago ......


By pattyland0723
The actors were good with the content they had to work with. I was hoping to see something new. Predictable would describe it. Not bad, but not all that....

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Rated R | For Some Disturbing Images, Brief Language, Terror and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Outstanding horror flick has gore, children in peril.
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