The Harvest

Critics Consensus

The Harvest sows enough well-acted, slow-burning tension to satisfy, even if viewers expecting to reap all-out horror may come away wanting more.



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In his first film in nearly fifteen years, the director of HENRY: THE PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. But less based in reality, THE HARVEST is closer to a fairy tale from Grimm's darkest corners. Maryann (an impressive Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she's orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a neighboring deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton). Maryann's persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house... Morton as the boy's overprotective surgeon mom is the stuff of great screen villainy-at once utterly monstrous and tragically desperate-so much so that she makes even frequent heavy Michael Shannon, as the more subdued dad, pale in comparison. (C) IFC

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

  • At its creepiest, "The Harvest" plays like something ripped from the section of a community newspaper devoted to all things rural and weird.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A smart and strong genre work that makes up for a relative lack of gore and viscera with plenty of tension and suspense and a number of impressive performances.

    Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There may be little to give you the collywobbles, but there's quite a lot to enjoy, with Ms. Morton heading the list.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Nothing wrong with a little gore as long as the result is a few goosebumps. This one is no scarier than running out of ink in the middle of a midterm exam.

    Apr 8, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • The Harvest is more tense and disturbing than out and out scary, but it's done well enough for us to take it seriously and reflect on the fact that there is nothing more deadly than a human being who is sure that worthy ends justify any means.

    Dec 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The Harvest is a chilling domestic horror with no frills, just a small town terror that dissects the coldness of human relationships.

    Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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