Stoker Imagine that you're not part of the cultish fan base of the Korean director Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy ) and you go to see his… Stoker Imagine that you're not part of the cultish fan base of the Korean director Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy ) and you go to see his… 2013-03-01 R PT100M Drama Nicole Kidman Dermot Mulroney Mia Wasikowska 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Stoker (2013)

MPAA Rating: R
'STOKING' THE FIRE Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska star in the thrilling Stoker
Image credit: Macall Polay
'STOKING' THE FIRE Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska star in the thrilling Stoker
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Mar 01, 2013; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney and Mia Wasikowska; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Imagine that you're not part of the cultish fan base of the Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) and you go to see his bizarrely stylized first English-language film, Stoker. What on earth will you make of it? The movie is about a dour 18-year-old, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), who loses her beloved father (Dermot Mulroney) and attaches herself to her uncle Charlie: a transparently sinister and opportunistic creep played by Matthew Goode with a gigolo's smirk that says, ''Look at me, I'm up to no good!'' The movie wants to be Hitchcockian, but it's the flat-footed Hitchcock of Marnie that Park evokes. His filmmaking here is hermetic and lugubrious, with each physical movement meaninglessly heightened and every line hanging in the air with (empty) significance. The central situation, however, remains obvious beyond words. There is no mystery in Stoker, only ''style,'' and a stultifying sense that the world's been rigged with evil. C-

Originally posted Feb 27, 2013 Published in issue #1249 Mar 08, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 26 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Ouija
Universal
$20.0 1 $20.0 C-
2.
John Wick
Lionsgate
$14.1 1 $14.1 A-
3.
Fury
Sony
$13.0 2 $46.0 C+
4.
Gone Girl
Fox
$11.1 4 $124.1 A
5. $9.8 2 $29.9 A-
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$8.1 3 $9.2 B
7. $7.0 3 $45.5 B
8.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$4.7 2 $17.7 D
9.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$4.3 3 $34.4 B
10.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$4.3 3 $48.3 C
* in millions

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