Over the protests of India's fretful great-aunt, Gwendolyn (Jacki Weaver), Charlie moves in with the teenager and her cold, brittle mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). The ingratiating Charlie fixes gourmet meals, works in the garden and develops an inappropriately cozy relationship with the youth-obsessed widow. But he also has watchful eyes for India, who is both distrustful of and drawn to her handsome long-lost uncle.
Although he gets a bit heavy-handed with his use of symbolic omens like scuttling spiders and stuffed birds, Director Park (as the cast and crew respectfully dubbed him) makes an unsettling and auspicious Hollywood debut with “Stoker.”
— Brandy McDonnell