Horror - This horror film is more of a psychological thriller than a ghost or
monster or slasher film. However, there are a number of scenes of
intense violence, often involving children, and that plus language
makes this definitely not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good With its overreliance on first-person narratives and by-the-numbers plotting, the horror genre has become stale and predictable. Oculus isn't a perfect antidote to all of this but it's sufficiently different to hold one's attention and what it lacks in the way of a fear factor it makes up for through suspense.
Roger EbertFull Review Average "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. Solid performances and a few memorable images save it from disaster but Flanagan's film left me longing for the movie it could have been instead of what it actually is.
USA TodayFull Review Good Oculus' creepiness is intensified by an eerily thrumming electronic score. The supernatural thriller is at its most enthralling when it sets up the siblings in mind-bending scenes in which it's nearly impossible to distinguish between imagination and reality.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Good Using the most tried and true of techniques and material, "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."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 16 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, we were only able to collect sixteen reviews.
TEENS: The one teen male rated it "average." The four female reviews are mixed. Two rated it "above average," one "average" and one rated it "below average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Only three females in this age group and they rated it "Excellent," "Very Good" and "Good."
ADULTS:There were only five females giving a review. Three loved "Oculus," one rated it "above average" and one rated it "average."