Dream House Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 22, 2011
A well-acted but ramshackle mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 19, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 2, 2011
Was the screenplay, credited to David Loucka, this schizophrenic from the beginning? Or was some major tampering/reworking done at some point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 1, 2011
The film's ambitions are woefully small and familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2011
This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 30, 2011
This crackpot thriller from the usually competent Jim Sheridan leaves only one mystery unsolved: what on earth was he thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 30, 2011
Daniel Craig does everything to dispel comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with a finely tuned performance, but the film flattens as it tries to explain his character's psychological state.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 30, 2011
Sheridan's pacing is turgid and mournful, which lends the story -- sort of like The Shining crossed with Gothika during a sleepover stop at The Amityville Horror -- an air of ponderousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2011
Sheridan can't ever quite get hold of the tone and falls back on a default dreaminess (the little girls play a shaky rendition of Beethoven's "Für Elise" more than once) that never quite convinces.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 30, 2011
Despite the talent involved, this is more a snooze than a dream.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
September 30, 2011
There are probably some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories that would explain why Dream House is such a ruined pile of nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2011
The only thing it haunts you with is: What the heck happened to Jim Sheridan?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 30, 2011
Sheridan's tale soon segues into an unevenly paced whodunit pockmarked with lame CG nightmare sequences and populated by hollow ciphers whose every word and action is less believable than the last.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 30, 2011
The premise and the execution hold a lot of promise, but the film's climactic reveal will be incredibly obvious to anyone paying even the slightest amount of attention.