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Dream House (2011)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 77

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


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 15

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



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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


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David Loucka

Jan 31, 2012


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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (77) | DVD (4)

A well-acted but ramshackle mess.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Was the screenplay, credited to David Loucka, this schizophrenic from the beginning? Or was some major tampering/reworking done at some point?

October 2, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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The film's ambitions are woefully small and familiar.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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While Will and Libby struggle to adjust their thinking caps, the viewer already knows, thanks to the tell-all trailer, the reason for much of the confusion.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This crackpot thriller from the usually competent Jim Sheridan leaves only one mystery unsolved: what on earth was he thinking?

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is a sunken wreck from the get-go, and everyone involved knows it and just tries to get away.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

So much is just so...obvious.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

At least Weisz and Craig wound up married after this mess.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

"Dream House" is a mess of a film. This is not only because its writing is amateurish, but also because the film itself seemed like it was someone's first attempt at putting a film together.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dream House is clearly something of a wreck, yet watching the film provides glimpses of the better film the project might have been.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Dream House is not the film it was advertised as, but beyond the wonky finale, reshoots, and strange editing there is an interesting tale to be told here.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

It's little surprise that Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz disowned this turgid, woefully inept thriller which idiotically gave away its big reveal in the trailer.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

This is the kind of thing that happens when there is a squabble about who controls a movie. Director Jim Sheridan bickered with studio over how scenes in this thriller should be shot, and scenes were redone after test audiences reacted negatively.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

This is one property you'd do well to stay away from.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It's daft and nonsensical. But it's that silliness and the sheer calibre of cast that ensure this has a certain car-crash watchability about it.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Disappears up its own fundamental implausibility.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The fragile hope that we might have a grown-up horror movie on our hands is smashed to smithereens.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is a workmanlike movie that is never quite scary enough, and never quite ingenious enough, though the four leads do an honest enough job.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

An intriguing twist livens things up midday way but the mood is almost oppressively melancholy and the plot doesn't stack up.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Weisz and Watts are badly served by two dimensional roles and Koteas's part in the big picture is laughably obvious.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Crowbarred into the standard haunted house chills is a supposed twist that feels like Shutter Island written for drunk people.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A disappointing psychological thriller that's had all its noteworthy twists completely ruined by its trailer.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

An utter waste of time and talent.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Audience Reviews for Dream House

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!
August 7, 2013
Nikhil N.
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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.
May 21, 2013
jay nixon

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The previews and commercials for Dream House led one to believe it was a horror film, it is not, not at all. I think that is where a lot of the disappointment is coming from. It is a pretty good thriller, once you get used to the fact that that is what you are watching. The storyline, basically that horrible things have happened and we the audience have to figure it out along with the main character, is not the tired thriller standard, or at least the details are different enough to not seem tired. It's actually intriguing and the answer to the mystery is not obvious miles out, even if the climax sort of is. The acting is really quite good too. People who like mystery thrillers should enjoy the film, fans of scary movies will mostly not like it. 3 Stars 5-9-13
May 9, 2013
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Fantastic cast but a unsuspenseful thriller. Intriguing to a point but flops when it truly matters!
March 29, 2013
Film Crazy

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    1. Will Atenton: Stay away from my family or I'll kill you!
    – Submitted by Wesley W (22 months ago)
    1. Trish: Everybody who lives in this house gets killed.
    – Submitted by Ali G (2 years ago)
    1. Will Atenton: One upon a time, there were two little girls that lived in a house.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Libby Atenton: How could the neighbors not have said anything to us?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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