The Glass Castle Reviews

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March 11, 2019
I thought it was morally repugnant and disgusting... these parents belonged in jail.
February 1, 2019
It's got a talented cast that manage to create a few powerful moments, but overall the film feels contrived and hollow. Unlike the book.
October 5, 2018
The tone jumps wildly between quirky family dramedy and the dark terrain of abuse narratives without finding the proper balance.
August 28, 2018
The Glass Castle remains as transparent and ethereal as the architectural wonder in its title because its treatment of its material is so rote.
January 25, 2018
It's a great cast ... and there are many fine moments of genuine, moving rapport between them. I just wish the film did them greater justice.
December 13, 2017
Walls's story, so fresh and vivid in her memoir, is perfectly watchable on screen, but not riveting.
December 6, 2017
The Glass Castle is 100% tone-deaf and has no idea how to functionally tell the very raw and personal story at its core
October 24, 2017
Such complex, real-life events demand more than the simple uplifiting story The Glass Castle turns out to be, and Walls deserves more than being reduced to nothing more than the sum of her daddy issues.
October 22, 2017
Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton delivers a picture that couldn't be farther away from his subdued, engrossing breakthrough, Short Term 12...
October 19, 2017
This retelling ultimately undermines Wall's tale about overcoming the psychic wounds of the past. It needed to dive into deeper waters, to capture the story of a girl who spent her life desperately flailing just to stay afloat.
October 16, 2017
As in other films of this genre, humor seeks to alleviate the drama of the situation... [Full review in Spanish]
October 16, 2017
The Glass Castle wants to be an old-fashioned weepy but the story borders more on horror.
October 11, 2017
Maybe she's weighed down by the big hair but [Brie] Larson is left with the least interesting role.
October 9, 2017
Here the soapiness is much nearer the surface.
October 8, 2017
Larson is the weak link here as the adult Jeannette, a born-again neoliberal in an 80s power suit, failing to integrate her rich, boring boyfriend into her unconventional family.
October 7, 2017
Frustratingly episodic, The Glass Castle moves between flashbacks and the present day without ever attaining the filmic flow that's the lifeblood of stories such as these.
October 6, 2017
Jeannette Walls' memoir makes an uneasy transition to the screen.
October 6, 2017
Despite the efforts of a strong cast, including Brie Larson as the adult Jeannette, and Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts as her feckless parents, it too often feels manipulative and, even less helpfully, phoney.
October 6, 2017
Woody Harrelson gives a performance of borderline unwatchable hamminess in this really tiresome film, which sentimentally neutralises parental abuse into a supposedly fascinating angel/devil split.
October 6, 2017
An egregiously quirky drama in the Captain Fantastic/The Book of Henry mould.
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