The Little Stranger Reviews

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July 25, 2020
[Abrahamson] abandons his human core in favor of technical and atmospheric prowess.
April 23, 2020
Painfully dull gothic horror that never quite launches. It's boring, harmless and forgettable. [Full review in Spanish].
March 4, 2020
The players are technically impressive but fail to make any significant emotional impact.
January 10, 2019
More inanimate than haunting, The Little Stranger is Abrahamson's least interesting feature.
December 22, 2018
The slow yet steady pace is an asset, but the story only feels half-formed and the ending hits with all the force of a wet tissue.
December 4, 2018
Despite so much leaning in its favour, The Little Stranger ends up being bland, lifeless and, sadly, disappointing.
November 27, 2018
Gleeson's Faraday is often emotionally inert and the movie follows his example. Even during its darkest or scariest moments, it seems allergic to letting its heart rate accelerate.
October 11, 2018
One will wonder whether Lenny Abrahamson has his heart in all this way, way more than whether if the establishment has an (alleged) unwelcoming-presence problem.
September 25, 2018
[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 24, 2018
Why... does this handsomely mounted tale of a country doctor and a seemingly cursed aristocratic family not quite work?
September 23, 2018
Sarah Waters' haunted-house yarn from the maker of Room will leave you cold.
September 20, 2018
The film's determination to prioritise theme over story turns it into a somewhat clenched academic exercise.
September 17, 2018
We know everyone involved in this film can do better.
September 10, 2018
Neither a horror movie nor a ghost story, it's just a lot of atmosphere and earnest acting looking in vain for a story.
September 7, 2018
What we get are well-composed shots and fine actors. The ghost, however, is as lost as the film's ambitions.
September 7, 2018
Occasionally spooky, but more often snoozy.
September 6, 2018
It's hard to know what this movie is actually about.
September 6, 2018
This is not scary at all... These characters aren't scared. They don't give a s***. I don't give a s***.
September 4, 2018
Dumb & dull: it's a tediously understated, supernatural tease...
September 4, 2018
One can admire all the craftsmanship that went into 'The Little Stranger,' but in the end its impact is as wispy as a ghost.
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