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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Outstanding horror flick has gore, children in peril.

Movie R 2014 105 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+
age 18+

Outstanding direction with decent scary scenes

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (24):

Creepy mirrors have been featured in horror movies plenty of times before, but none of them have been anything quite like OCULUS. It immediately turns your expectations upside via the character of Tim, a troubled but cured soul with blood on his hands. The question of whether he'll kill again quickly becomes moot as his old bond with his sister re-asserts itself. The characters are strong and interact in vivid ways, and they remain the movie's anchor; they're no horror movie amateurs, and they struggle to stay on top of the scares.

But Oculus' real weapon is its flashbacks, which aren't specifically used as flashbacks but rather as illusions and nightmares forced upon the characters by the mirror's evil. They fold over into reality as younger and older versions of the same characters regard one another, and it's clear that they shouldn't be taken literally. This is a breakthrough for director Mike Flanagan, and (apologies for the pun) a most reflective horror movie.

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