In the Tall Grass

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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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  • "In the Tall Grass" runs too long and repeats itself too much to be as gripping as its source material. Turns out there's a limit to how scary weeds can be.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Despite an uneven track record, In the Tall Grass gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic
  • It's rather astonishing how fast Vincenzo Natali's "In the Tall Grass" completely loses your interest.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • In the Tall Grass is a case of unchecked excess - more blood, more jump-scares, more mythology that goes not much of anywhere.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As it gets less relatable, it gets less interesting, but there's still Wilson's all-in performance and Natali's craftsmanship to keep us engaged, stuck in the grass, praying for a way out.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While some of the nastier lurches in the third act will appease genre fans, the guff that surrounds them will probably confuse and ultimately alienate them, the film's moving parts never really moving in unison.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In the Tall Grass

  • 6d ago
    This has all the marks of a Stephen King film adaptation and delivers another Netflix film worthy of your interest. The key to the films success or failure hinges on the filmmaker and they chose one that has had enough out there films to warrant our interest. In the Tall Grass is a crazy film and I enjoyed it for what it was. The reviews have clearly been mixed, but horror tends to land this way. Netflix are starting to land in the mid range budget market for high concept and it's an awesome time to be a member. 04/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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