88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An unnerving and astonishing thriller.
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88

Chicago Tribune

Perhaps the most startling part is the realization that, in the turn-off-your-brain season of summer, you've just experienced an uncommonly serious-minded movie that's brave enough to engage our deepest emotions on issues of death, madness, illusion and forgiveness. That's the biggest thrill of them all.
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88

New York Post

(Osment) delivers what may be the greatest performance ever by a child actor.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The filmmaker keeps upping the ante with surprises until the plot-twist beaut that concludes the picture - a shocker that, upon reflection, is probably the one ending that wouldn't have fallen a little flat.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's a psychological thriller that actually thrills.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Ultimately affecting mix 'n' match weeper.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If this isn't the single best performance ever by a preadolescent male (Osment) in a motion picture, then it's tied for whatever is first.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Has a kind of calm, sneaky self-confidence that allows it to take us down a strange path, intriguingly.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A metaphysical shaggy-dog story, whose unpredictable punchline is its only redeeming feature.
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30

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The biggest piece of supernatural hooey since estranged wife Demi Moore's "The Seventh Sign."
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64 out of 100
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