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Hereditary Reviews

August 7, 2018
Hereditary feels like an endless drawing out of that queasy, shocking, falling dream sensation, as the ground beneath the Graham family, and the viewer, crumbles.
June 22, 2018
Toni Collette is flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 11, 2018
All-time great Toni Collette performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Top Critic
June 11, 2018
As alleged horror films go, this one is about as scary as the Bowery Boys in Spooks Run Wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2018
It has the nerve to suggest that the social unit is, by definition, self-menacing, and that the home is no longer a sanctuary but a crumbling fortress, under siege from within.
June 8, 2018
If you're the kind of horror nerd whose cage gets especially rattled by sťances, shock scares, and the supernatural, you're in for a hell of a time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 8, 2018
Here's a haunted-houses movie for the ages.
June 8, 2018
With nary a jump scare in sight, Aster has created a moody piece with a delicate but devastating sense of dread.
June 8, 2018
Having announced itself, it works as a bravura technical exercise in the slow reveal. Cameras are forever following terrified gazes to the source of the terror, and revelation builds on revelation until an awful culmination begins to seem inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 8, 2018
No shot seems wasted, the editing is a sturdy and linear rebuke to the quick-cut madness that's infected so many recent genre films, and the sound and set design are meticulous and spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 8, 2018
[A] terrifying thriller that pins you to the back of your chair and leaves you paralyzed in fear.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
June 7, 2018
Toni Collette's work as a mother who's jolted between grief, anxiety and rage...is one for the ages, belonging in the same breath as Linda Blair in The Exorcist and Sissy Spacek in Carrie.
June 7, 2018
A devastating portrait of an American family in sudden, inexplicable decline.
June 7, 2018
Collette deserves best actress consideration for playing another mother trapped in another inexplicable, spine-tingling situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2018
"Hereditary" is staged, photographed and acted so brilliantly, and brings up issues of motherhood, resentment and creativity with such subtlety, that it's tempting to overlook its alternately astonishing and laughable excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2018
Aster has crafted a story with one foot in the world of the tense kitchen-sink drama and the other in something far more supernatural.
June 7, 2018
Unsettling in its arid, controlled creepiness, but largely distinguished by Toni Collette's intricately layered lead performance, a portrayal of a woman whose love for her family spirals into mad decay.
June 7, 2018
Are you ready for the year's scariest movie? I don't think you are, not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2018
Hereditary is wicked existential horror.
June 7, 2018
Aster just might be... a major new talent. With this film, at least, he's so good it's scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2018
Poorly constructed endings can leave an unpleasant aftertaste even for movies that are otherwise mostly solid. That's the case here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 7, 2018
A visceral experience so deeply unsettling that you don't feel right afterward. Dirty, even. So unclean that a church visit wouldn't be out of the question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2018
Mr. Aster writes an impressive-looking check and succeeds in cashing it, but on close examination the payout turns out to be skimpier than anticipated, and drawn mostly on someone else's account.
June 7, 2018
It's brilliant, challenging, deliberate, scary as all get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 7, 2018
Hereditary is a great horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2018
Creepy beyond belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2018
[Hereditary is] a movie so horrifying and good that you have to see it, even if you shouldn't want to, even if you might never sleep peacefully again.
June 6, 2018
"Hereditary" is closer in tone to the likes of "The Babadook," "It Follows," "A Quiet Place" and "It Comes at Night," where the dread and fear come not from what you see but what you think you might see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 6, 2018
Where other actresses would play a single note, Collette plays a symphony of emotions. She will nearly bring you to tears and then make you laugh before you know it. Academy Awards don't even feel like enough of a plaudit for this kind of performance.
| Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2018
"Hereditary" is that rare thing - a smart horror movie that doesn't outsmart itself by refusing to deliver. Its mood is dark and forbidding and just keeps building. Its scares are genuinely shocking. And the ending...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 6, 2018
Aster has spent a lot of time studying "The Shining," "The Exorcist," and "Rosemary's Baby." It's nice to have a classicist back in town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2018
So terrifying that I wanted to hide under a blankie during the screening.
Top Critic
June 5, 2018
Hereditary is so refreshing in part because it invents its own scare vocabulary.
June 5, 2018
In its sense of poisoned family bloodlines, of the everyday invaded by unspeakable evil, of bonechilling terror you won't be able to shake, Hereditary is a new horror landmark. Toni Collette should have Oscar calling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 5, 2018
Working with a superb cast, a crafty, teasing musical score by Colin Stetson and a steady accumulation of wracked nerves, gathered image by carefully planned image, this movie promises a paradoxically bright future for its director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 5, 2018
This is a horror picture of uncommon effectiveness in terms of its ability to creep the audience out, and it's Collette who cranks the creep meter deep into the red zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2018
In the end, horror and supernatural fans will certainly get their thrills, but it's the psychic damage on the screen that will make the film hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 5, 2018
When you pare away its demonic accoutrements, you're left with the most intractably nightmarish arena of all: hearth and home.
January 27, 2018
This remarkable directorial debut from Ari Aster builds on classical horror tropes - the occult, possession, mental illness- to craft its own unique spin on terror.
January 26, 2018
A deeply unsettling film, the kind of horror movie that pulls from relatable human emotions like grief and resentment to ultimately become an absolute nightmare.
January 25, 2018
Hereditary takes the core haunting element of a spirit with a malevolent agenda and runs with it in a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute.
January 25, 2018
Collette's performance is staggering. She plays Annie as a woman who begins to wear her buried rage and guilt on the outside.
January 24, 2018
A harrowing story of unthinkable family tragedy that veers into the realm of the supernatural, Hereditary takes its place as a new generation's The Exorcist -- for some, it will spin heads even more savagely.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
January 24, 2018
It's pure emotional terrorism, gripping you with real horror, the unspeakable kind, and then imbuing the supernatural stuff with those feelings. It didn't play me like a fiddle. It slammed on my insides like a grand piano.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 22, 2018
Hereditary excels at permeating a convincing environment of despair with first-rate horror.
Full Review | Original Score: B+