Lavender Reviews

April 17, 2019
Extra points to Gass-Donnelly for setting most of his scares during the daytime; even some of the familiar conventions of the genre (mazes, kids' lullabies, terror-fraught cornfields) seem fresh in the light of day.
October 31, 2018
It's never a good sign for a thriller or a horror film where the music is the most unsettling aspect.
March 10, 2017
Style trumps substance in this atmospheric and mildly creepy low-budget thriller.
March 8, 2017
The screenplay, co-written by Gass-Donnelly with Colin Frizzell, manages to be simultaneously lacking in coherence and utterly predictable, with viewers earning no points for guessing which one of the characters turns out to be the villain.
Top Critic
March 8, 2017
Boring, derivative, and infuriatingly illogical, Lavender is a ghost story with no thrills, no surprises, and no sense.
March 7, 2017
[Abbie] Cornish's strong performance [...] serves as an anchor that keeps this slow-burn thriller [...] from wearing out its welcome before the third-act revelations.
March 4, 2017
Beyond its unsettling intro, it steadily becomes a middling thriller.
March 2, 2017
"Lavender" means well, but it ultimately proves that not all ghosts need a backstory. Often, just being scary - even inexplicably - is more important than being meaningful.
March 2, 2017
It's not always a tasteful film, eventually making positive accomplishments difficult to track by the third act.
March 2, 2017
While it succumbs to a lot of clichs that blunt its impact, Lavender shows that there are interesting ways to apply genre elements beyond the bump and chills, and in the service of story about memory, trauma, and resolution.
March 2, 2017
Lavender won't keep you in suspense long about what's going on. In fact, it won't keep you in suspense at all.
March 1, 2017
As old-fashioned as Hitchcock's Spellbound, Lavender presents the unlocking of suppressed horrors as a freeing experience, without the messiness of further analysis.
March 1, 2017
This is more an exercise in suspense than one of logic. And it satisfies neither suspense nor logic.
November 4, 2016
As with nearly every other machination of this shopworn plot, how the psychiatrist turns out to be involved in this story would surprise only someone totally unacquainted with the medium of motion pictures.
November 4, 2016
A would-be psychological thriller with few thrills and even less psychology.
November 4, 2016
Leaves no clich unturned ...
November 3, 2016
[Donnelly] draws strong performances from his cast, especially Abbie Cornish, who's compelling as a damaged woman who finds herself doubting everything around her.
November 2, 2016
[Cornish gives] a great performance, and it's disappointing that the movie around her isn't worthy of it.
May 2, 2016
Lavender is often an effective and haunting atmospheric thriller that doesn't compound its twists with ADD-style turns that mimic a Billy Mays' sale pitch ("but wait, there's more!").
April 19, 2016
Another return to "return of the repressed" ghost-story terrain, "Lavender" unearths few new surprises yet reconfirms the efficacy of its genre's most hallowed conventions.