House at the End of the Street


House at the End of the Street

Critics Consensus

Poorly conceived, clumsily executed, and almost completely bereft of scares, House at the End of the Street strands its talented star in a film as bland as its title.



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Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. -- (C) Relativity

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Critic Reviews for House at the End of the Street

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  • Shockingly uneventful, this horror film marks time until dropping its big, dumb reveal.

    Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    Time Out
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  • Don't be tempted to put in an offer; this house is built on flimsy foundations.

    Sep 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Dafydd Goff

    Top Critic
  • A choppily edited, poorly timed mess with little continuity, overloaded with aural shocks in a desperate attempt to compensate for its minimal suspense.

    Sep 22, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished clichés: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog.

    Sep 22, 2012 | Full Review…
  • There are one or two clever plot twists that are subsequently followed up by a cavalcade of ridiculous, credibility-stretching ones.

    Sep 21, 2012 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • What could be so bad about a new Jennifer Lawrence movie that its distributor opts to keep it away from critics and release it with minimal ad support? Please, allow "House at the End of the Street" to answer that question.

    Sep 21, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House at the End of the Street

A generic, derivative and stupid Psycho rip-off that doesn't mind insulting the viewer's intelligence all the way through, with a ridiculous twist that makes no sense and only makes it more than evident that no one involved gave a crap about it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

There is definitely a great psychological thriller buried in House at the End of the Street. Unfortunately, the version that is available completely lacks any kind of suspense. Some plot twists are kind of ingenious while others are way too predictable. Leaving nothing to the imagination and eager to tie things together in a nice crowd pleasing manner, the film is only slightly elevated by Jennifer Lawrence, who is way too good for this material. While Lawrence does bring some depth to her character, you won't care for anything that happens, and the clumsily executed mystery will have a tendency to bore rather than unnerve. Hitchcock would not be proud.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

3 3/4's--Really good actors, and an interesting and provocative thriller. Jennifer Lawrence is a strong lead who doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed the plot twist, and I have to admit that it had me fooled for quite awhile. Not sure why the critics hated it so much....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

As readers will attest, I am a fan of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Some of my pals might say limiting the word to "fan" is being too modest on my part, but I don't want to alarm anyone. I think she's a terrifically talented actress and her Best Actress Oscar was well deserved for a film I unabashedly adore. With all of this being said, good actors can still make really bad movies, and that's what we have with the stillborn horror flick, House at the End of the Street, referred to by marketing by the Twitter-friendly acronym HATES. That seemed like a tip-off, didn't it? The problem is that for a good hour this movie is more of a drama than a horror movie, and everyone in town seems to be jerks to this guy in town whose sister murdered his family. Apparently him still residing in town lowers their property values... for some reason. I think it wants to be a psychological thriller, but even giving it that much credit assumes there's some degree of competent execution. It's not scary, the twists should be easily telegraphed to anyone with a modicum of sense, and Lawrence's presence is just downright questionable. Why did she agree to do this? What about this clunky script, with its obvious padding to its "shocking" revelation, appealed to this woman? And at PG-13, there are not really any optimal exploitation elements to recommend. I suppose with her fast ascent to the top of Hollywood, Lawrence now has the clout to never again star in something as drecky as this would-be thriller. Then again, if she does, it'll be by choice. Or a fat paycheck. Nate's Grade: C-

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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