Winchester

Critics Consensus

Like a grand staircase within the famous mansion that inspired it, Winchester appears poised to get a rise out of audiences, but ultimately leads nowhere.

14%

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Total Count: 124

32%

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Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award (R)-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman's madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters...

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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (17)

  • What is Helen Mirren doing in what is essentially a B-movie? I can't say but she brings great dignity to lines that are, at times, literally unspeakable.

    Feb 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This speaks to Winchester's overall failure of imagination-it's the sort of forgettable movie that could have been a memorable one.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It shouldn't happen to anyone, much less a Dame - not a movie of such barreling awfulness that it strands the great Helen Mirren in a gothic house of cards that collapses on actors and audiences alike.

    Feb 5, 2018 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In "Winchester," the Spierigs have made a blunt and pissy American political film about the national curse of firearms and the unslaked, violent, destructive anger of the defeated Confederacy.

    Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • You watch "Winchester" thinking about the movie that might have been, and wishing that those ghosts would transport Mirren into that movie, immediately.

    Feb 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Let the guilt and dread and spooky atmospherics and oh, yes, ensuing madness commence! Wait, no? Jump scares? Oh well.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winchester

  • Apr 06, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2018
    This is a by the numbers horror film that poorly attempts to use the Winchester house for its central storyline. The biggest error the filmmakers adopt is such a cliche storyline. The filmmakers attempted to resurrect Jigsaw with mixed results, but this film never overcomes the concept section of the story. Jason Clarke is a talented actor and MIrren should have known better than to star in this film. The actors come out of this unscathed, but the damage the filmmakers shows on the audience score. Disappointing horror film that can't overcome a lacklustre script. 25/12/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2018
    Inspired by a "true" story, Winchester is an atmospheric supernatural thriller. While visiting the estate of eccentric heiress Sarah Winchester to conduct a mental health assessment, Doctor Eric Price notices several strange occurrences, including an attack on Mrs. Winchester, and learns that she's constructing an elaborate series of rooms to contain the ghosts of those who died violent deaths at the hands of Winchester firearms. Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke lead the cast and delivers fairly solid performances. But the storytelling is rather poor and the director doesn't really explore the strange and bizarre design of the house to any great degree. Still, there's an interesting mystery as to who or what is behind the attacks at the house. And, there are a number of creepy and suspenseful moments. Yet overall, Winchester is a mediocre horror film that doesn't live up to the mystery of the real house and the woman who built it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2018
    If you have nothing better to do, it may help as a pastime. Apparently, only once.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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