The Falling

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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 (36) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (10)

  • 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…
  • All hail an uncanny British thriller.

    Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Carol Morley follows up the mesmerising Dreams of a Life with a tedious period drama set in an all-girls school.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Atmospheric, insightful and darkly funny.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Falling

  • Jul 08, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2014
    Very much in the tradition of Picnic At Hanging Rock and Beautiful Creatures, The Falling is an idiosyncratic and wonderfully acted masterpiece.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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