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Dream House (2011)



Critic Consensus: Dream House is punishingly slow, stuffy, and way too obvious to be scary.

Movie Info

Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next. -- (C) Universal Picturesmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Loucka
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2012
Box Office: $21.3M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Daniel Craig
as Will Atenton
Rachel Weisz
as Libby Atenton
Naomi Watts
as Ann Paterson
Marton Csokas
as Jack Patterson
Claire Geare
as Dee Dee
Rachel G. Fox
as Chloe Patterson
Jane Alexander
as Dr. Greeley
Brian Murray
as Dr. Medlin
Bernadette Quigley
as Heather Keeler
Mark Wilson
as Capt. Conklin
David Huband
as Officer Nelson
Jean Yoon
as New Editor
Jonathan Potts
as Tony Ferguson
Marlee Otto
as Young Author
Niguel Henry
as Author's Assistant/G...
Bryon Mumford
as Author's Assistant/G...
Joe Pingue
as Martin
Ryan Blakely
as Harkness Client
Karen Glave
as Harkness Receptionis...
David Fox
as Building Inspector
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News & Interviews for Dream House

Critic Reviews for Dream House

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (15)

A well-acted but ramshackle mess.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The final wheeze of the J-horror-inspired domestic thrillers that ran rampant a few years back.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

This is a sunken wreck from the get-go, and everyone involved knows it and just tries to get away.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Dream House has been sold as a ghost movie but in reality, it is a psychological thriller mystery with a really bad ending.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
We Got This Covered

The only real mystery is why some A-list actors and a director of Jim Sheridan's calibre would even ponder working on such an uncalled-for project in the first place.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

So much is just so...obvious.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for Dream House

This mess of a film has a few interesting elements but the stupid plot wants so badly to be convoluted that it forgets to be coherent or even plausible. And beware, the trailer gives away the entire movie, including the twists, which only proves that the people in charge of the marketing are complete imbeciles.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

It's really surprising that this film hasn't been paid more attention. Not positive attention, mind you, but the kind of attention that truly bad films deserve. This film should have been eviscerated, picked apart, and trivialized until it couldn't languish in its obscurity any longer. Director Jim Sheridan (a six time Oscar nominee) tried to get his name taken off of this film after it was recut, and the trailer released, which gave away the entire twist of the film. That's right, if you watch the trailer, you will understand the entire film without having to watch it. Daniel Craig plays a father and husband, who lives in a house, which apparently was home to a family who was murdered five years prior. While the film looks like a ghost story, it's actually a psychological mystery, which it needn't be. This film is clumsy, thoughtless, confusing, and doesn't know what it wants to be. The ending is slapped on carelessly, in a way that makes you laugh incredulously, like "Really? That's how you're going to end this horrible tale?" The murders are handled horribly, trying to make the gruesome deaths somehow dreamlike, taking away all the familial tension. The specters somehow have agency, and shift from his mind to nearly tangible phantoms. If you're looking for a well handled haunted house film, this is not it.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

This was an entertaining movie but to my dismay the main plot twist was given away by the trailer! I would've loved this movie if the twist and the thrill (things which make mystery movies good) weren't revealed beforehand!

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

Dream House Quotes

Will Atenton: Stay away from my family or I'll kill you!
– Submitted by Wesley W (3 years ago)
Trish: Everybody who lives in this house gets killed.
– Submitted by Ali G (4 years ago)
Will Atenton: One upon a time, there were two little girls that lived in a house.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
Libby Atenton: How could the neighbors not have said anything to us?
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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