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The Little Stranger's reliance on atmosphere may satisfy audiences in the mood for sophisticated horror fare -- while frustrating those seeking more visceral thrills. Read critic reviews

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During the long, hot summer of 1948, Dr. Faraday travels to Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. The Hall is now in decline, and its inhabitants -- mother, son and daughter -- remain haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When Faraday takes on a new patient there, he has no idea how closely the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.

Cast & Crew

Ruth Wilson
Caroline Ayres
Will Poulter
Roddy Ayres
Kate Phillips
Diana Baker-Hyde
Dixie Egerickx
Gillian Baker-Hyde
Anna Madeley
Anne Granger
Lucinda Coxon
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Gail Egan
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Ed Guiney
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Cameron McCracken
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Daniel Battsek
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Andrew Lowe
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Tim O'Shea
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Ole Bratt Birkeland
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Critic Reviews for The Little Stranger

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (49)

  • The players are technically impressive but fail to make any significant emotional impact.

    March 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There are moments of stark, unexpected violence, and chilling moments that hint at the ghosts within, but mostly The Little Stranger is a horror mystery that revels in its ambiguity. But the near two hour run time feels overlong.

    July 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Casting issues aside, Abrahamson delivers an engrossing dark tale of the struggle to find solid ground when all around crumbles in a gothic maelstrom.

    June 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Domhnall Gleeson] keeps Faraday's wounds painfully close to the surface... Faraday's bitterness works like a depressant, consuming him but also the movie, and robbing it of some of the electrical charge vital for fully effective horror.

    September 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If you love strange little things, you'll be smitten.

    September 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Why... does this handsomely mounted tale of a country doctor and a seemingly cursed aristocratic family not quite work?

    September 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Little Stranger

  • Jan 20, 2019
    You serious The Little Stranger? That's what you're giving me?
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Domhnall Gleeson needs a Sydney Fife-level jerk-off station.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2018
    The Gothic anti-horror isn't the problem, its that no one seems to have quite figured out what the point of all this misery is supposed to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2018
    If you're a fan of slow burning Gothic horror, the kind where characters wander slowly inside ornate and empty houses investigating various noises, then The Little Stranger is the movie for you. It's about a laconic doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) inserting himself in the lives of a wealthy family who has fallen on hard times, their once glorious estate left to wither in post-WWII Britain. The family is convinced the spirit of a dead little girl haunts their estate and has its ghostly sights set on destroying the last vestiges of their bloodline. It's a ghost story by design but the supernatural elements get placed on pause for long stretches. The rest of the movie is a restrained romance between the doctor and the introverted and awkward lady of the house, played by Ruth Wilson (TV's The Affair). In reality, the doctor is more infatuated with the house than the people inside, fondly recalling his early obsession from childhood. It's easy to see why. The house, and its exquisite production design, is enchanting. At points it feels like the movie has to remember that it's a ghost story or a mystery as it shifts narrative tracks. The Little Stranger is a movie simmering in eerie atmosphere and is pristinely directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room), a man proving how readily he can adapt his artistic style. For a good hour, I was on board with the movie and enjoyed its patient, controlled buildup. It's practically the opposite of the more visceral horror set pieces we've become accustomed to. By the end, I was unsure whether the somewhat ambiguous ending justified the time and path taken to get there. If you don't have a healthy love of Poe-styled Gothic horror, you'll likely be restless as you watch understated, refined, restrained British family going through understated, refined, restrained drama. Nate's Grade: C+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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