Allure (2018)


Critic Consensus: Allure has visual style and an intriguing Evan Rachel Wood on its side, but a clumsily told story leaves this sexually charged thriller less than the sum of its parts.


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Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) works as a house cleaner for her father's company but her personal life is not so pristine. Rough around the edges, looking for love in all the wrong places, her heartbreaking behavior points to hardships of the past. One day on the job, in yet another house, Laura meets Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a quiet teenager unhappy with her disciplined life. In Eva, Laura rediscovers an innocent tenderness. In Laura, Eva finds a thrilling rebel who can bring her into unknown territories. The mutual attraction soon morphs into obsession as Laura convinces Eva to run away and secretly come live with her, perilously raising the stakes for the young, impressionable girl as Laura's emotional instability becomes increasingly clear. As their world closes in, they must unearth certain truths to find a way out.

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Critic Reviews for Allure

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Despite its stellar performances, this feels like a psychological drama without much basis in actual human psychology.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The drama is memorable but often feels grimly unpleasant rather than moving.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

One well-crafted and unsettling tale.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The screenplay doesn't rise to the level of the behind-the-camera craftmanship or the acting.

Mar 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The utterly humorless script of Allure often makes for uneasy viewing.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers seem less concerned with telling a story than in convincing the audience (and maybe themselves) that they can handle this provocative and potentially exploitive material ... with what's conventionally considered "appropriate" sensitivity.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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