We Have Always Lived in the Castle Reviews

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February 1, 2020
Setting a story years after a murder trial and an acquittal is unusual, not all together engaging but thankfully the performances are enough to draw you in and watch patiently as a family descends further into chaos.
September 25, 2019
A beautifully cast and polished production that still only manages to rise to "mildly chilling."
July 24, 2019
Director Stacie Passon buoys up what the writing and acting do to create very complicated people, each who might be more angel or more devil, more victim or more perpetrator.
July 24, 2019
Gothic spine-tingling mystery story.
July 8, 2019
The film has engaging performances and some fine costume work, in particular. As written, though, while the novel's events make the jump to the screen, the spirit of the eerie prose is lost in translation.
July 1, 2019
We Have Always Lived in the Castle relies less on outright scares than on the creeping, oppressive sense that all is not what it seems.
June 28, 2019
Careful writing and production captures the deceptive tone of Jackson's opaque prose, and delivering the complex sentiments of one of her most personal books intact deserves the highest of commendations.
June 14, 2019
The film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle understands Shirley Jackson's novel as a tale of male abuse and female rage.
June 5, 2019
From the way the family history gets revealed to the underlying humm of tension threatening to explode during seemingly inoccuous scenes, Passon's love for the story is obvious.
May 24, 2019
Based on Shirley Jackson's great gothic novel, Stacie Passon's movie is perhaps a bit on the light side, but she nonetheless creates a strong, vivid atmosphere in which the characters can flourish.
May 23, 2019
Passon keeps the feature tight and visually textured, and Kruger tries to respect Jackson's work, making sure to translate the original story without destroying its unusual fragility.
May 22, 2019
Gives fans of the book a faithful adaptation, and also allows the timeless story of the novel to parallel the troubled sociopolitical times in which we currently exist.
May 17, 2019
The best I can say about We Have Always Lived in a Castle is it's a slow-paced dark tale of family, which is fine if you're drawn to this type of story. I ultimately enjoyed the film but I would probably think twice about a second viewing.
May 17, 2019
The horror of We Have Always Lived in the Castle comes from watching powerlessly as the tension mounts, straw by straw, before breaking spectacularly.
May 17, 2019
We Have Always Lived In The Castle is visually stunning, a fresh look at the Shirley Jackson story, and has a slow-building dread that will stay with you.
May 17, 2019
Emotionally high-stakes drama.
May 16, 2019
Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel finally makes it to the big screen with a superb Taissa Farmiga leading a solid cast in this ominous tale of two sisters who refuse to suffer under the hands of men.
May 16, 2019
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
Passon creates a very strong sense of mid-20th-century New England. And if the story's eventual tragedies feel inevitable, it's because we have always lived with them.
May 16, 2019
Under Stacie Passon's precise direction, this gothic fable of isolation and violence expertly treads a fine line between tragedy and camp.
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