Critic Consensus: Its script doesn't quite carry the dramatic heft of his earlier work, but Park Chan-wook's Stoker showcases his eye for sumptuous imagery and his affection for dark, atmospheric narratives populated by mysterious characters.
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as India Stoker, India
as Charles Stoker, Charlie
as Evelyn Stoker
as Richard Stoker
as Young Charles Stoker
as Gwendolyn Stoker
as Housekeeper 1
as Housekeeper 2
as Mrs. McGarrick
as Mr. McGarrick
as Pitts' Friend
as Young Richard Stoker
as Jonathan Stoker
as Jonathan Stoker
as Doctor Jacquin
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Critic Reviews for Stoker
Thankfully, this director dislikes sentimentality. Park takes these beloved figures and unceremoniously exposes their failings.
There is a freedom to his filmmaking; he's trying things, odd moods and unexpected edits and unconventional compositions. He likes to keep things popping, and you can't help but respond to the wit and playfulness of his style.
Stoker trembles between the portentous and the ridiculous, and I think you know which one is going to win. The audience does make its decision: They've been had yet again.
While one is sure Stoker will satisfy many with its haughty ambivalence about any number of social taboos, others will find Park's first English-language effort decidedly vapid...
Audience Reviews for Stoker
Imagine growing up in the Addams family only nobody told you. Everybody just seems to deny it. But, come your 18th birthday, voila, the truth comes out. Eerie and spooky without ever saying why, I got a kick out of this walk on the weird side.
Wasikowska's creepy and hardly bearable character is only one the problems of this mis-structured thriller that also tries to extract tension from a mystery that we don't even know is there - and when it is finally revealed, everything that follows is made entirely predictable.
|India Stoker:||Sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse|
|India Stoker:||Sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.|
|Sheriff:||In a hurry? Know how fast you were going?|
|India Stoker:||Vivace effecioso, Mr. Sheriff.|
|India Stoker:||Effectively fast, Mr. Sheriff.|
|Sheriff:||Effective for what?|
|India Stoker:||To get your attention.|
|Evelyn Stoker:||India, who are you? You were supposed to love me, weren't you?|
|Evelyn Stoker:||You know I've often wondered why it is we have children in the first place and the conclusion I've come to is at some point in our lives we realize things are, they're messed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again, wipe the slate clean, start fresh and we have children, little carbon copies we can turn to and say, you will do things I cannot. You will succeed where I have failed because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me, personally speaking I cannot wait to see life tear you apart.|