The Little Stranger Reviews

September 7, 2018
Occasionally spooky, but more often snoozy.
August 31, 2018
A hypnotic and haunting tale of how the past can grab hold of the flesh-and-blood present and squeeze. Don't let this mesmerizing mystery slip between the cracks of studio neglect and marketing indifference. It's spellbinding.
August 31, 2018
Everything here is precise: Abrahamson's direction, the understated performances, the intrusive sounds that stop just shy of jarring. The result is more sad and spooky than suspenseful or scary, an effect that seems entirely, and pleasingly, intentional.
August 31, 2018
At times, each of the main characters has us wondering what's going on beneath the surface. Who, if anyone, is to be trusted?
August 31, 2018
[An] elegant, cold-to-the-touch blend of drama and gothic horror.
August 31, 2018
Abrahamson seems fascinated with the idea of gothic storytelling, but he hasn't quite got the knack of it.
Top Critic
August 31, 2018
The movie, like towering Hundreds Hall, casts its own foreboding spell.
August 31, 2018
Some strangers aren't worth getting to know, and this is one of them.
August 31, 2018
Gleeson and Wilson deliver tightly-wound performances, while the ending is more chilling, and perhaps perplexing, than audiences might expect.
August 31, 2018
The Little Stranger is too airless and derivative, with too many stretches of dullness, to resurrect the dormant genre. Only a few interesting performances occasionally jolt it back to life.