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The Glass Castle (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Glass Castle has an affecting real-life story and a hard-working cast in its corner, but they aren't enough to outweigh a fundamentally misguided approach to the material.

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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar (R) winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

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Brie Larson
as Jeanette Walls
Woody Harrelson
as Rex Walls
Naomi Watts
as Rose Mary Walls
Sarah Snook
as Lori Wells

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Critic Reviews for The Glass Castle

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (38)

[Destin Daniel] Cretton wants to make an old-fashioned melodrama but fails to stylize the material in any compelling way

August 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Clocks in at two hours and seven minutes but it's so intense that I was hardly aware of the time.

August 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There are heart-tugging moments in The Glass Castle, but Walls's bestselling memoir needed to be roughed up and aired out. For it to match up to the book, the movie needed the glass to be smashed, not every shard treasured.

August 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

By laminating Walls' story with a Hollywood sheen, the narrative climaxes in an artificial and contrived manner.

August 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Due to the herculean task of adaptation, "The Glass Castle" lacks the emotional potency of Cretton's earlier work and the unflinching detail of Walls' memoir.

August 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dark, dysfunctional, and filled with blinding hope, this is one glass house that's difficult to throw stones at.

August 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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The Glass Castle had its few moments of shines and tears to wipe away, but under the hood is where the film relies a huge problem on. Can be forgettable during time beings if not claimed to love it nor hate it. but somewhere in the middle that gives that mixed opinion feeling. If you want to find a better way to watch this film, wait for it on rental.

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