In the Tall Grass

2019

In the Tall Grass

Critics Consensus

A potentially intriguing premise is rapidly lost in the weeds during In the Tall Grass which struggles to stretch its slim source material to feature length.

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When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field's tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found. Based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill.

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Critic Reviews for In the Tall Grass

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (42)

  • It all sounds intriguingly mysterious, but in play it's a frustratingly wrought sequence of vague weirdness that seems to be weird for the sake of it, until finally it has to somehow end.

    January 8, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • As brilliant as it is stupid, Natali's take on King and Hill's work is a doozy.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Starts off very promising and succeeds early on as unnerving thriller before getting choked out by an out there final act.

    November 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Netflix seems to be banging out Steven King adaptations as fast as King used to bang out books. This one, based on a novella by King and his son Joe Hill, is quite a decent little creeper too.

    October 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's the perfect time of year to find something new and scary on your doorstep, and In The Tall Grass is just the movie you should let enfold you, if only for a little while, in terror as far as the eye can see.

    October 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Despite the eerie setting and some visual flair, In the Tall Grass struggles to keep the viewer invested and fails to be particularly scary.

    October 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Tall Grass

  • Jan 17, 2020
    Patrick Wilson is just all-out balls-to-the-wall hamming it crazy, and I am Here. For. That. I say that quite genuinely. But Stephen King adaptations have had quite the resurgence (in a good way) over the past couple of years, and In the Tall Grass just really doesn't hit that bar we've been getting recently. In terms of quality, I mean.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Natali's visual style is the saving grace here I just wish he'd entrusted the screenplay to someone else.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2019
    As someone who grew up in the country running through grassy fields and corn mazes, this movie hits a particular fear and sensation of mine very accurately. It does capture the sensation of being lost in a field and losing your sense of direction very well, even with its supernatural edge added on to it. That's really the best part of it. I also liked how the characters are actual characters, with actually a pretty good amount of development and decent intelligence to them. The things I thought they should do, they do. Where the movie started to lose me a bit is near the third act where it just goes full Stephen King and gets a bit too weird. Don't get me wrong, I love weirdass Stephen King, and I was with it for a lot of the supernatural stuff in here, but at a certain point it kinda goes off the deep end and becomes a bit tough to swallow. Even so, I liked the movie. It was creepy, I didn't always know where it was going, and it tapped into a very real personal fear.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2019
    Netflix wasn't known for producing great films when they first started but rather produced some great television shows instead. Nowadays, with films like Roma being up for best picture, Eddie Murphy making his return in Dolemite is My Name, and Martin Scorsese releasing his three and a half hour epic gangster film in The Irishman, they are nothing short of being all-in. Sadly, for every great film, they're still releasing a poor one as well, and that's the case with the latest Stephen King adaptation, In the Tall Grass. While it had a promising premise and some unique ideas, it never fully grasps where those ideas should lead. Here's why I don't think this movie is worth your time, even as a casual watch on Netflix. Stopping on the side of the road during a long drive, siblings Becky and Cal venture out into a field of endless, tall grass after hearing the cry of a young boy. Learning that this location has much more going on under the surface, other characters appear and other-worldly things begin to happen. Playing with time and horror, this is a premise that has a lot going for it but ultimately fails. Sadly, another aspect that didn't help the wasted potential, was the fact that the cast just really wasn't all that good. That's saying a lot coming from me because Patrick Wilson actually gets quite a bit of screentime, and I usually love his performances. Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted lead this film for the most part until other characters begin to appear, and while I can see the potential for them in the future, I haven't seen either of them in a film before and it really does show throughout. I will cut them some slack though because I truly feel the biggest culprit here is the screenplay. I was shocked to see Vincenzo Natali's name all over this film, because Paris, je t'aime is a fantastic film by him and I also quite enjoyed his little horror film, Splice. For these reasons alone I was interested in In the Tall Grass, but his dialogue here could have really used some work. Even less of it and using the score to keep the movie ominous I believe would have helped, but that's just my opinion. The absolute best thing I can say about this film is the fact that it's actually nicely shot from start to finish. Known for working on very popular shows like Fargo, Legion, and The Umbrella Academy, his extensive resume shines through here and is on full display. If an award had to be given to any aspect of this movie, it would surely be for the cinematography. If for nothing else, I enjoyed looking at this movie. Truthfully, I believe the camerawork is what kept my attention the whole time. In the end, In the Tall Grass begins with a promising concept, but is bogged down by a confusing finale, subpar dialogue, a cast that deserved to be in a better film, and direction that was very off, which is really saying something, seeing who was behind the camera and story here. There's no way I can get myself to recommend this movie to anyone, except for maybe suggesting it to cinematographers who like to shoot horror films. Good in theory, but gad in execution.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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