The Falling (2015)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted and overall unsettling, The Falling delivers thought-provoking thrills -- and suggests a bright future for writer-director Carol Morley.


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A mesmerising psychological drama, this film explores a mysterious fainting outbreak in 1969 at an all-girls school.

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Critic Reviews for The Falling

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (4)

There are so many acute insights, striking images and impressive performances in it, not least from lead Maisie Williams, it's a tragic shame that elsewhere inexperience shows and the last 15 minutes devolve into a morass of melodramatic incident.

Dec 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Carol Morley shows startling versatility and ambition with this jawdropping mash-up of 'If' and 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'.

Apr 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An imperfect but alluring study of psychological contagion that marks an auspicious advance in the field of narrative filmmaking for acclaimed docmaker Carol Morley.

Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…
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This is terrific film-making - enough to bring a rush of blood to the head.

Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If you're up for something weird and very dark and like leaving with as many questions as answers, this British-made oddity may be for you.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Having gone to an all-girls school where fainting got you out of gym, seeing Carol Morley's The Falling about an extreme version of this set in 1969 was weird but compelling, as at this school the prettiest and most audacious pupil dies.

Aug 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Falling

I really enjoyed this. I can see why someone wouldn't, if they were expecting a horror movie. It's not, it's a psychological mystery. The whole thing is clearly a metaphor for teenage female sexuality. I got that, and I'm usually the last one to "get" this type of thing. I think it's pretty well done. It's quite creepy but still manages to be engaging. Admittedly, the brother is a bit of a wtf, but honestly I don't think this one is to be taken too literally.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Very much in the tradition of Picnic At Hanging Rock and Beautiful Creatures, The Falling is an idiosyncratic and wonderfully acted masterpiece.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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