Critic 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.
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Critic Reviews for Winchester
This speaks to Winchester's overall failure of imagination-it's the sort of forgettable movie that could have been a memorable one.
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.
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.
You watch "Winchester" thinking about the movie that might have been, and wishing that those ghosts would transport Mirren into that movie, immediately.
Let the guilt and dread and spooky atmospherics and oh, yes, ensuing madness commence! Wait, no? Jump scares? Oh well.
Audience Reviews for Winchester
If you have nothing better to do, it may help as a pastime. Apparently, only once.
Given the cast assembled and the events it's based on, I'm sure you'll forgive me for having at least some expectations for Winchester. Whatever those expectations were though, I can tell you right now, they weren't met. Winchester was massively disappointing, as by-the-numbers as you can get, and if it wasn't for a couple of good performances and the occasional decent effect, it would have literally nothing to offer.
A old curse hangs over the fortuned old house of the famed Winchester repeating rifle empire, whose property is overseen by the eldest Winchester (played decently by Dame Helen Mirren). A psych doctor is called to check on her mental acuity ... maybe the old bird is bonkers, yeah? But no. The house is haunted, and haunted indeed. And you get a decent time at the flickers, yeah?
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