Flowers in the Attic (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Flowers in the Attic (1987)




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Based on the popular novel by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic centers on such chancy topics as incest and misguided religiosity. When their father is killed, teenagers Cathy (Kristy Swanson) and Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams), together with their preteen siblings Cory (Ben Ganger) and Carrie (Lindsay Parker), are put in the care of their religious-zealot grandmother (Louise Fletcher). Grandma has never approved of the wanton lifestyle of the kids' mother Corinne (Victoria Tennant), and she has no intention of extending her love to the children. Even worse, Corinne is anxious to win back the love of her estranged father, who, knowing that Corinne and her late husband were cousins and thus incestuously linked, would never approve of any children from this union. Thus, the four children are locked in their grandmother's attic, far from the view of their unforgiving grandfather. How the kids cope with their imprisonment is the heart of the film.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Hilary Henkin, Wes Craven, Jeffrey Bloom
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
New World Pictures


Louise Fletcher
as Grandmother
Nathan Davis
as Grandfather
Alex Koba
as John Hall
Leonard Mann
as Bart Winslow
Bruce Neckels
as Minister
Gus Peters
as Caretaker
Clare Peck
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Flowers in the Attic

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Book-turned-movie skips the incest, but keeps the creepy.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
Common Sense Media

A muddled and unpleasant adaptation of a book that lots of women really like.

July 25, 2002

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Flowers in the Attic

I love the book, read it many times growing up. The movie does not stay true to its source, which is a real shame as the ending does ruin it.
It's kind of weak as adaptations go, I think it's a little miscast and it hasn't aged very well, either.
Kristy Swanson is an okay Cathy and the grandmother is also effective. The boys fail to convince and the mother is weak (her acting, I mean. Obviously the character is weak).
It is watchable and the story is so horrific it does draw you in.
I know another adaptation has been made and also one of the sequel, so I am very interested to see those and see if they were able to improve on this.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Weird and creepy and I dislike the bitch granny, then four innocence kids' mother.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Scarred me for life when i saw it on TV as a kid.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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