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88
USA Today
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.
88
An unnerving and astonishing thriller.
88
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.
88
New York Post
(Osment) delivers what may be the greatest performance ever by a child actor.
83
Entertainment Weekly
It's a psychological thriller that actually thrills.
80
So disarmingly eerie it's virtually guaranteed to rattle the most jaded of cages.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Has a kind of calm, sneaky self-confidence that allows it to take us down a strange path, intriguingly.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
75
San Francisco Examiner
Ultimately affecting mix 'n' match weeper.
63
New York Daily News
A metaphysical shaggy-dog story, whose unpredictable punchline is its only redeeming feature.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The thriller's best and worst features all stem from a highly unusual plot structure that builds to a genuinely startling conclusion.
30
Mr. Showbiz
The biggest piece of supernatural hooey since estranged wife Demi Moore's "The Seventh Sign."

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