Us

Critics Consensus

With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.

94%

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Total Count: 470

63%

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User Ratings: 9,064
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Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

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Cast

Lupita Nyong'o
as Adelaide Wilson/Red
Winston Duke
as Gabe Wilson/Abraham
Elisabeth Moss
as Kitty Tyler/Dahlia
Tim Heidecker
as Josh Tyler/Tex
Shahadi Wright-Joseph
as Zora Wilson/Umbrae
Evan Alex
as Jason Wilson/Pluto
Madison Curry
as Young Adelaide Wilson/Young Red
Cali Sheldon
as Becca Tyler/Io
Noelle Sheldon
as Lindsey Tyler/Nix
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
as Russel Thomas/Weyland
Anna Diop
as Rayne Thomas/Eartha
Duke Nicholson
as Danny/Tony
Ashley McKoy
as Teenage Adelaide Wilson/Teenage Red
Alan Frazier
as Alan/Jeremiah
Dustin Ybarra
as Troy/Brand
Kara Hayward
as Nancy/Syd
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Critic Reviews for Us

All Critics (470) | Top Critics (52)

  • Us revolves around an allegory that's more elastic and resistant to parsing than megahit Get Out.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ... it achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its unevenness and confusion, cannot be dismissed. Something genuinely urgent seems to be happening, especially in the performances by Nyong'o and, to a lesser extent, Moss.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, Nyong'o is ferociously good.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This film, unlike its predecessor, isn't perfect. But it is a richly intriguing riot of imagery and ideas that demands to be rewatched again and again.

    Mar 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It wouldn't be as truly terrifying as it is without the jaw-dropping performance from his leading lady, Nyong'o, and with this collaboration they have created another whip-smart modern horror classic.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Us

  • Apr 21, 2019
    All I'm gonna say is that this movie gives new meaning to "running with scissors" ...
    Tracy K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Us is gonna be a tough one to review. Difficult to review without spoilers, which is what I'm gonna do here, but I think even if I was doing spoilers, I'd still struggle. What I will say, is that my feelings on Us went up and down as I sat there and the story progressed. At one point, I was enraptured by a single scene that for a brief moment I got so caught up I felt certain no movie of the year was ever going to be able to top it. But then the scene ended, and shortly after the movie ended and my mind just went to "...It's good". Definitely merits watching, re-watching and analysing (there is a lot to unpack from Us) but maybe not the highest of all available praises.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Us is a current horror classic with good scares and cinematography. The plot twist really makes you think and the plot is truly unique. There are some problems that make the audience confused but overall a solid movie.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2019
    About four years ago on a lazy afternoon I stopped into a local bar for a pint, and I was the only person there besides the lone bartender. Naturally we struck up a conversation, and as I'm not one for forcing small talk I broached the topic of cinema. It turns out this fellow was an adjunct professor of English and taught a few film studies courses at the University in our town. When I pressed him for some of his recent favorites, he brought up David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, a movie that I thought was almost hilariously bad, so I asked him what he found so compelling about it. He explained to me that while most people think the horror mechanism was just a metaphor for sexually transmitted disease, there is a deeper socio-political subtext to the film that explains some of the questionable decisions made by the characters. Since the movie was set in Detroit, there is all of the history of the city's race relations to take into consideration. Just as "It" follows around Maika Monroe and her promiscuous cohorts, so too did racial integration encroach on the white establishments of post-WWII Detroit. A series of violent outbreaks punctuated those tense years following attempts by the white city officials (some of whom were involved with the KKK) to renovate the Paradise Valley and Black Bottom, densely populated areas where Black families and culture had congregated and established themselves. The renovations were aimed at dispersing the Black population under the guise of "urban renewal", and newly desegregated public spaces became battlegrounds for violent brawls and rioting. The main reason for the movie's odd climactic showdown at the municipal pool is in reference to public bathing areas that served as a microcosm of the city's white paranoia over sharing an intimate space, especially one where bodily fluids commingled not just across gender lines but racial lines as well. To avoid the influx of Black swimmers on public pools, many whites began building private pools and exclusive swimming areas in the suburbs as they migrated from the inner city. After the famous riots and burnings in the summer of 1967, the city's population shrunk by almost 2/3rds within the span of just a few years. In this self-made ghost town, the collective guilt of racial oppression underlies the sexual indiscretions that haunt the characters of It Follows. After he finished I asked him, "Do you really think there's enough going on in the margins to signal that interpretive context? It's a fascinating take, but it seems a bit esoteric to me." To which he responded, "I think you've had enough to drink, and I'm cutting you off." So I smashed my pint glass into the side of his face to prove my point. My memory of the event might be a little hazy, but I'm pretty sure I was in the right. But however much I disagreed with him about his interpretation, it made me realize a few days ago that we should remember to take into account the subtle historical and socio-political underpinnings of a film, especially one like Jordan Peele's latest horror Us. The story is set in and around the beautiful tourist destination of Santa Cruz, California filled with vibrant culture and beautiful beaches and parks. Santa Cruz was also popularly dubbed the "Murder Capital of the World" in 1973 after several bodies were discovered in one the parks, and it consistently suffers from the highest violent crime and property crime rates in California and one of the highest homeless rates in the country. The film opens with a commercial for "Hands Across America" a benefit movement centered around raising money to fight homelessness, hunger, and poverty. So it's safe to say that the nation's dispossessed and the violence that surrounds them plays a vital role in the various thematic threads of the film. When I first saw the title, I thought it was called U.S., but how fitting it is that Lupita Nyong'o's doppelganger outright says "We are America". After all, the broken and forgotten people of our society are repulsive to the bourgeoisie because they are valueless leeches, and indeed they are repulsive to the working class because we are just a bounced rent check, jail sentence, or work injury away from becoming one of them. So this is what happens to a country when we are quicker to blame someone beneath us for our problems rather than those who control us or, worse yet, our own inaction. If we follow this white rabbit through the looking glass, what will we see? And will we accept responsibility if it's nothing more than our own reflection? When you respond in anger, you will be met in kind. Demonize and dehumanize others until you have become an animal yourself. And the more apathetic you become, the harder that violence will hit you when it eventuates. Soon we will all stand together soulless, violent clones of ourselves, united in our mutual hatred, bathed in blood, and a spectacle for the world to gape at in horror and awe. In the end, I rest easy knowing that I assaulted that man while he was doing his job. He had it coming for having a different perspective than me. Anyway, Us is a solid watch, and I'll probably be going back to see it again soon.
    Steve L Super Reviewer

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