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 … More

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


as Will Atenton

as Libby Atenton

as Ann Paterson

as Jack Patterson

as Dee Dee

as Chloe Patterson

as Dr. Greeley

as Dr. Medlin

as Heather Keeler

as Capt. Conklin

as Officer Nelson

as New Editor

as Tony Ferguson

as Young Author

as Author's Assistant/G...

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as Martin

as Harkness Client

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as Building Inspector
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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

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


How did they get this cast to appear in this nonsensical piece of ridiculousness? Rachel Weisz is too good an actress to be doing stuff like this. At least she and Daniel Craig fell in love while making it and married soon after so they have happy memories of it, those will not be shared by the audience however.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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