We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle draws on Shirley Jackson's classic tale to deliver a skillfully crafted mystery that engrosses and unsettles in equal measure.



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Merricat lives with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. The trio are survivors of an arsenic poisoning that killed everyone else in the family five years prior. Merricat is bold and imaginative, and protects the property with "spells". Despite being hated by the townspeople, the sisters live an idyllic life, until cousin Charles arrives. Charles offers to help around the house, and inquires about the family's finances. Constance is charmed by Charles, and Merricat resents Charles' intrusion. As Charles and Merricat battle for control, tragedy threatens to strike again. Based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson.

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Alexandra Daddario
as Constance Blackwood
Sebastian Stan
as Charles Blackwood
Taissa Farmiga
as Merricat Blackwood
Crispin Glover
as Julian Blackwood
Paula Malcomson
as Helen Clarke
Peter O'Meara
as Sam Clarke
Peter Coonan
as Bobby Dunham
Anna Nugent
as Lucille Wright
Stephen Hogan
as John Blackwood
Bosco Hogan
as Ol' Ned
Liz O'Sullivan
as Mrs. Harris
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Critic Reviews for We Have Always Lived in the Castle

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

  • Emotionally high-stakes drama.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Passon makes the creepy stuff too low-key, less a case of building dread than growing impatience.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    Top Critic
  • Allows Passon to work with a larger, more complex canvas while still displaying her intuitive understanding of women seeking to overthrow repression and societal expectation.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • The movie, though, which was adapted by Mark Kruger, is all surface polish and play-acted oddness, from the cloying symmetry of the stalely composed shots to the cartoonish depiction of some awfully complicated - nigh perverse - family relationships.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Under Stacie Passon's precise direction, this gothic fable of isolation and violence expertly treads a fine line between tragedy and camp.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Passon... sharply channels the author's atmosphere of dread, paranoia, and isolation, making the past feel prescient.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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