You Should Have Left

Critics Consensus

You Should Have Left hints at a genuinely creepy experience, but never quite manages to distill its intriguing ingredients into a consistently satisfying whole.

41%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 101

25%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 171

Where to watch

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

You Should Have Left Videos

You Should Have Left Photos

Movie Info

Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy, and the shadow of his past. In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo's grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.

Cast

Kevin Bacon
as Theo Conroy
Amanda Seyfried
as Susanna Conroy
Avery Essex
as Ella Conroy

Critic Reviews for You Should Have Left

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (60)

Audience Reviews for You Should Have Left

  • Jun 20, 2020
    There are far more films being made in today's day than ever before and that goes for all genres, but for some reason, it always seems like the Horror genre as the most. I know that's not true, but seeing streaming services like Shudder dedicating themselves to only Horror films, it's hard to not believe that. For that reason alone, I know there are many more throwaway Horror movies out there than memorable ones. That's actually due to my own personal taste as well though, because a Horror movie really needs to stand out in order to impress me. Much like Superhero movies or Comedies, both of which I love, they need to find ways of feeling fresh and not like the last 10 or 20 to be released. Sadly, one of the latest Horror releases, You Should Have Left, falls directly in between, ending up as a film that's trying to be very original, but not doing enough with the setting to warrant a watch.  Theo (Kevin Bacon), his wife Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and their daughter Ella all take a trip to a house, secluded from society. Susanna being an actress and Theo just wanting to do something fun with his retirement, they choose this place. Dealing with some personal issues as the house decides to play tricks with their minds, this movie is meant to be a huge psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the psychology of it all never really comes into play until the third act and I never once found myself invested before that. Sure, Bacon and Seyfried are giving fine performances and the last 20–30 minutes are somewhat interesting, but the entire film felt like a missed opportunity.  Before watching it, I had only recently seen any promotional material, of which showed some very cool ideas and imagery. With that said, this movie takes far too long to present those images, which makes you wonder if the entire first and second acts needed to be as long as they were. For a feature film and how the overall story ultimately plays out, I absolutely feel this film could've been told as a short story. The funny thing is that it's actually based on a novel of the same name, by Daniel Kehlmann, but the overall premise is different. The changes they made to this story clearly were a detriment because it just didn't feel like a meaty enough story as a feature film.  Getting back to the fact that this is billed as a Horror flick, the Horror elements nearly feel non-existent throughout the first two acts. The movie begins with a scare and a few very minor things present themselves to let you know something is coming, but that's it. There are a few well-done set-pieces, but they don't do enough with them. For instance; There is a sequence toward the end of the film that revolves around a bunch of doors, which I would've loved to have been explored as a movie in its own right. It's cool moments like these that are brushed over in favour of a plot twist that I didn't feel worked all that well, to be honest.  In the end, You Should Have Left presents a solid setting but it doesn't do anything with it. Director David Koepp, whom I have admittedly not seen a lot of his work, impressed me with his fun touch on the film Premium Rush. I found that movie to be far more exciting than it had any right being, which ultimately made me make my decision to visit his newest work. This is a film that suffers from too much drama throughout the first half that really has not much of a payoff by the time the credits rolled. Personally, I found the whole experience to be hollow, which is a shame, because the makings of a good film were all in here, but even at 90-minutes is seemed to be stretched out too long. You Should Half Left is now streaming on-demand, but I really don't think it's worth your time.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

You Should Have Left Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides