A24 | Release Date: June 8, 2018
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ProtodeusJun 8, 2018
An unholy, relentless, demented film that is emotionally torturous and visually deranged. It will make you feel almost defiled after you leave the theater.

I have watched a lot of 'critically acclaimed' horror movies. The Witch, The
An unholy, relentless, demented film that is emotionally torturous and visually deranged. It will make you feel almost defiled after you leave the theater.

I have watched a lot of 'critically acclaimed' horror movies. The Witch, The Babadook, It Follows etc... I honestly didn't care for any of them. This movie lived up to the hype. I can't really explain why it's so horrifying, but it just feels so... wrong. The way the film captures absolute grief and despair made my emotions churn, and there are some moments in the final 20 minutes of the film that were absolutely horrifying. Of course, this film is nothing without Toni Collette, who gives a performance worthy of an Academy Award. She walks a very fine line between portraying an emotionally traumatized, psychologically damaged woman and not hamming it up to the point where it's funny. I'm actually not kidding, I think it's one of the best performances from an actress that I have ever seen. Alex Wolff also gives an absolutely wonderful performance. The movie is a slow burn, but it's never boring. It's never pretentious either, which I felt was the case with 'The Witch' and 'It Comes at Night'. I honestly think that it is equal to the Exorcist in its horrific imagery. It's really one of the best horror films I've seen in a very long time, and I highly recommend it.
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TVJerryJun 15, 2018
Another over-hyped horror flick. Toni Collette goes all out as the mother who's plagued by ghastly, ghostly goings on. She and her family deal with a bunch of mysterious events, but most of it isn't scary. There's lots of atmosphere and buildAnother over-hyped horror flick. Toni Collette goes all out as the mother who's plagued by ghastly, ghostly goings on. She and her family deal with a bunch of mysterious events, but most of it isn't scary. There's lots of atmosphere and build up, but the small frights aren't especially alarming or original. The cast does a good job of responding to the eerie events, which helps make the movie more interesting. Even though it has a creepy ghost story vibe, the build up is slow and the payoff isn't worth it. Expand
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preciouskikiJun 17, 2018
Three movie-loving friends went to see HEREDITARY last night: one a fan of all kinds of horror movies, and the other two fans of movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and other non-gory "chillers." Our universal reaction: Meh. It wasn't overly goryThree movie-loving friends went to see HEREDITARY last night: one a fan of all kinds of horror movies, and the other two fans of movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and other non-gory "chillers." Our universal reaction: Meh. It wasn't overly gory as two of us had feared. But it also wasn't as psychologically chilling as all three of us had expected, based on all the rave reviews. For example, the horror-movie-devotee in our trio began muttering "Boring" about 30 minutes into it, but I held out hope that eventually it would kick in and all the rapturous reviewers would be vindicated. On the plus side: Good performances, great Craftsman-style house to admire, and some nice depth of character. On the negative side: The ending was just so-so, and it borrowed heavily from the aforementioned "Rosemary's Baby," which is a truly good movie. Expand
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zmgalen2000Jun 27, 2018
Though mystifying and intriguing at times, the movie, due to its convolution, slow progression, and ambiguity deters from the from its potential. The unnamed/unidentified characters at critical scenes make the deeper meanings difficult toThough mystifying and intriguing at times, the movie, due to its convolution, slow progression, and ambiguity deters from the from its potential. The unnamed/unidentified characters at critical scenes make the deeper meanings difficult to process, while other scenes did not match the film's premise nor preconceived horror feel. Expand
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pnoyfilmtvadikJul 3, 2018
I get it. This movie makes you want to understand it. It's very very intriguing. The director gets all the credit because of it. But, I can not for the life of me give it a 7 because first and foremost it should entertain but it didn't. It isI get it. This movie makes you want to understand it. It's very very intriguing. The director gets all the credit because of it. But, I can not for the life of me give it a 7 because first and foremost it should entertain but it didn't. It is suspenseful but is it scary enough? No. You can afford to wait for it on HBO if you really want to watch it. Expand
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Rebecca31Jun 20, 2018
I had such high hopes and Hereditary didn’t even come close. It does a good job reminding you of The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, yet I also couldn’t help but be reminded of The Babadook and The Witch. These are just two examples of filmsI had such high hopes and Hereditary didn’t even come close. It does a good job reminding you of The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, yet I also couldn’t help but be reminded of The Babadook and The Witch. These are just two examples of films the critics did not shut up about for months. I went to see both due to the hype and was left disappointed. Hereditary comes along promising much of the same, I can’t help but get caught up in the hype. I’ve heard the hysteria, I’m prepared, I settle down ready to be terrified and instead I was bored and waiting for the credits to roll so I could finally leave. Oh sure they can compare it to The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby all they like, put it on all the posters if you want but it doesn’t make it The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Maybe I missed something, but for me Hereditary was only mildly better than your average horror movie.

After the death of her mother, Annie (Toni Collette) and her family begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Despite a promising start Hereditary falls into the trap about half way through where it completely lost me, the plot became ridiculous and instead of getting scared I was losing interest. The first half was filled to the brim with atmosphere, so tense and gripping I thought we were on to a winner here. Hereditary puts the effort in to build the tension and create a foreboding atmosphere. Wonderfully shot, the cinematography is simply amazing. Many of the scenes give the sensation of looking at a miniature view of the set, an impressive amount of attention to detail, such a shame the rest of the film didn’t live up to this standard. It’s got some shocking scenes that will disturb you alright, and will no doubt stay in your mind well after the film has ended. Toni Collette is excellent. Her performance is carrying the film, yet the plot doesn’t offer much else, the hammy acting throws you out of the suspenseful horror movie and into over the top and generally trying to suss out whether it’s okay to laugh or not. I wasn’t the only one trying to stifle laughter on more than one occasion and I’m sure I won’t be the last. First time director Ari Aster hasn’t exactly given us a flop, it’s well directed for one thing and I hope his next film works out a little better.

You all know I love horror films so you can believe me when I say Hereditary does not live up to the hype it promises. You’ve seen similar ideas done before only better. Not recommended unless you just love seeing some disturbing cinema in that case enjoy. And don’t forget to scare your fellow movie goers with a tongue click AFTER the film has ended, NOT during a quiet and suspenseful moment.
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saltypolfroJun 25, 2018
REALLY overrated. Slow as bloody molasses with a very unsatisfying payoff at the end. Biggest problem for me was not identifying with any of the family members. Toni Collette's a fine actress but playing a very unlikable character, I found itREALLY overrated. Slow as bloody molasses with a very unsatisfying payoff at the end. Biggest problem for me was not identifying with any of the family members. Toni Collette's a fine actress but playing a very unlikable character, I found it hard to care about her, and the same for her stoned loser son, who by all rights should have had the story told through his eyes--if they weren't so bloodshot. I found The Witch, A Quiet Place, and even Monster with Jennifer Lawrence far creepier than this. Expand
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GenjiraJun 23, 2018
Deeply silly, like watching a Monty Python film but with a lower budget and less class. I love Toni Collette but she had nothing to work with in this cack-handed mishmash of awfulness that reaches for the elegance of Babadook but collapsesDeeply silly, like watching a Monty Python film but with a lower budget and less class. I love Toni Collette but she had nothing to work with in this cack-handed mishmash of awfulness that reaches for the elegance of Babadook but collapses into a heap of gibberish. Collette's mom character has to fake anguish and depression (i.e. to herself) but she didn't quite manage to pull it off and just seemed fake, like she was putting in a "for scale" performance. The only redeeming factor was Milly Shapiro. Her performance was captivating and the film could have done with a lot more of her in it.

The most disturbing thing about Hereditary is that so many people find it disturbing. I shall choose to see it as an allegory for the rise of Donald Trump, which is the only way it makes sense.
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scoleyJun 14, 2018
This film should be called Overrated.It is far to long instead of building tension it just get boring 3 or 4 good momments in the whole film in the end people were just laughing in the cinema,Not worth a score of 87 I would say 60 would beThis film should be called Overrated.It is far to long instead of building tension it just get boring 3 or 4 good momments in the whole film in the end people were just laughing in the cinema,Not worth a score of 87 I would say 60 would be fair score and would not get people to over excited about going to see this film leading to disappointment. Expand
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laulauJun 26, 2018
Movie starts out interesting and with lots of tension. Does drag a bit every now and then in the middle. The ending is too cliche and pay off is predictable. A more open ending would serve the movie a lot better. Acting is really good and itMovie starts out interesting and with lots of tension. Does drag a bit every now and then in the middle. The ending is too cliche and pay off is predictable. A more open ending would serve the movie a lot better. Acting is really good and it has some beautiful imagery and strong scenes. But not really satisfying overall in the end. Oh, and it's also not really scary.. which doesn't have to be a problem if the story is interesting enough. Expand
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AcaciaJun 14, 2018
I was so taken with the level of sophistication of this “horror” movie a d its excellent cast. The story proceeds with good speed and there are a couple of shockers thrown in here and there. It was going along jjst great, I thought, and II was so taken with the level of sophistication of this “horror” movie a d its excellent cast. The story proceeds with good speed and there are a couple of shockers thrown in here and there. It was going along jjst great, I thought, and I was caught up in the story and what was happening. However, I just have to say, that despite the foreshadowing, the last 15 minutes or so just kind of blew the whole thing for me. I thought it just seemed to go right off the rails. Of those seeing it with me, we were probably divided 50/50 on being okay with the ending and not liking it. So you have to see it and determine for yourself what you think. It is a very well done movie and I understand people’s calls for Collette to be awarded for her performance. Expand
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DefinitelyMaybJul 1, 2018
I think its a well crafted film and certainly the first half of the film was on par with some of the best drama/horror films - such as the J Horror variety and early 80s. However, as notedd by many people, this film is rather cliche by theI think its a well crafted film and certainly the first half of the film was on par with some of the best drama/horror films - such as the J Horror variety and early 80s. However, as notedd by many people, this film is rather cliche by the end and if you've seen Rosemary's Baby, you've bascially seen this film and its logical conclusion. At worst, Ari Aster is just borrowing from a variety of great horror films and trying to mash it into a messy plot that just doesn't add up.

Aside from some superb acting with the cast, and an eerily soundtrack which is akin to some of the haunting sounds by Johnny Greenwood, the film is borderline meandering and the characters never built up enough relationship for the audience to actually care about their peril. In fact, the majority of characters spend so much time outside their house and in daylight that you almost forget this is a horror film. It's a shame because I loved the Witch, the Babadook and It follows (and also It comes at night), but this was the one where I felt the film didn't serve its story and theme. Overall if you are looking for an eery atmospheric film (without much jump scares) and a relative semblance of a plot, Hereditary is decent enough for a watch - however, I doubt it will stick in your mind for long.
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mordenkJun 17, 2018
This movie is almost perfect all the way until the last half hour, but the ending is so bad it might be the worst ending to a horror movie I've ever seen. Still gets a pass because everything else is great
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d0vla11Jun 24, 2018
All the critics saying it is one of the best out there, meh.
The plot was messy, the ending was absolute **** seems like the movie was cut at the 70%.
I can't say the acting was bad, the whole family in the movie did great. Also the
All the critics saying it is one of the best out there, meh.
The plot was messy, the ending was absolute **** seems like the movie was cut at the 70%.

I can't say the acting was bad, the whole family in the movie did great. Also the atmosphere was really good, but the bad storytelling and the ending ruined it all.
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clifbarJun 20, 2018
Not scary. two hours felt like four. very slow paced. disappointing ending.
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IconV1Jun 20, 2018
Creepy? Yes. Scary? No. A great story at least? Also no. I did laugh at inappropriate times though.
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marcaevansJun 26, 2018
What. On. Earth. This film has been massively hyped up. The storyline was flat and there were plot holes all over the place. If you haven't seen, don't bother.
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tchallJul 2, 2018
There are so many positive reviews on this move and I just don't understand why. It is not the least bit scary. My wife, who does not appreciate scary movies at all...because she doesn't like to get scared, was bored. I don't think it'sThere are so many positive reviews on this move and I just don't understand why. It is not the least bit scary. My wife, who does not appreciate scary movies at all...because she doesn't like to get scared, was bored. I don't think it's worth the money. Wait until it arrives on Netflix. Expand
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linvailJun 13, 2018
Although I believe that the story had potential, the narrative was a total disaster. I honestly do not understand the critic's notes.
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supernova19Jun 15, 2018
I don't know how this got such rave reviews. This movie was awful. Probably the worst movie I've seen this year.
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shockingambroseJun 12, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was expecting much more from this movie given the gushing reviews. I thought there would be a fresh take on the genre, something to think about - like what Get Out accomplished last year. But it turned out to be just a variation on Rosemary's Baby. And I didn't find it scary at all. Maybe that's because the idea of a devil holds no currency for me. You have to buy into Christianity's notion of the existence of a devil for this film to have an y power. Having said that, the director made some good choices in his attempt to foster a dark atmosphere. The art direction was terrific and poor Toni Collette did a great job looking agonizingly scared most of the time. Bottom line: I'd say skip it unless you really believe in Lucifer. Expand
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jdw5aJun 13, 2018
Ari Aster's feature film debut, and it shows. It's a collection of piecemeal homages to other better horror films. Far too many elements are introduced and never followed through to completion. Possibly scary if you've never seen a horrorAri Aster's feature film debut, and it shows. It's a collection of piecemeal homages to other better horror films. Far too many elements are introduced and never followed through to completion. Possibly scary if you've never seen a horror film before. If you have, you'll find almost every attempted scare predictable. (All but two scary scenes are already featured in the trailers.) Expand
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GinaKJun 12, 2018
If you are a connoisseur of horror films, don’t believe the hype about this one. It is okay, occasionally very good, but generally derivative and inconsistent. This is not “The Silence of the Lambs” or “The Haunting of Hill House” or “TheIf you are a connoisseur of horror films, don’t believe the hype about this one. It is okay, occasionally very good, but generally derivative and inconsistent. This is not “The Silence of the Lambs” or “The Haunting of Hill House” or “The Exorcist,” movies that I would be perfectly happy to be stuck on a desert island with permanently. There are some very good moments, but also a lot of derivative and borderline incompetent ones. I would definitely go to see this director’s next film, but if you go to this one with reasonable expectations, you will enjoy it more. Expand
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dontgointhereJun 16, 2018
I also joined this site just to be able to thumbs up people who reviewed this negatively. I'm too emotionally and financially drained (after just getting home from spending my one night out a week on this) to have anything coherent to add.
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MetallichickJun 19, 2018
Possibly the worse 'Horror' film I have ever seen. Extremely boring with only a few scenes with some decent content. What a complete waste of time, that I will never get back & a waste of money. Surely this rubbish isn't what we are nowPossibly the worse 'Horror' film I have ever seen. Extremely boring with only a few scenes with some decent content. What a complete waste of time, that I will never get back & a waste of money. Surely this rubbish isn't what we are now calling horror? If so I fear this was my last! I'm now definitely convinced the critics are paid to give good reviews because no one that understands a quality horror would give this a glowing review?! Do yourselves a favour ,instead of wasting 2 hours bored out of your mind watching this tripe, go & watch some Scooby Doo. Not only will you be more likely to get more scares, you will probably enjoy it more.... Expand
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BrianMcCriticJun 9, 2018
A film that uses long shots to help depict emotion and fear and does so with great success. Tension is also gained with great sound design and a terrific score. The performances are all top notch and even when scenes might tend to becomeA film that uses long shots to help depict emotion and fear and does so with great success. Tension is also gained with great sound design and a terrific score. The performances are all top notch and even when scenes might tend to become silly in ideas, the performances still make it feel real. A- Expand
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MarcDoyleJun 8, 2018
It's such a great feeling when a critically-acclaimed movie that you've been anticipating for months actually delivers the goods. It's not a common thing for me. As a genre film fan, I loved this movie so much. And I can't stress it enoughIt's such a great feeling when a critically-acclaimed movie that you've been anticipating for months actually delivers the goods. It's not a common thing for me. As a genre film fan, I loved this movie so much. And I can't stress it enough that you have to see this one on the big screen with other movie-lovers - with, hopefully, some horror fans in the mix. The shrieks, the groans, the nervous laughter - it's all there. I won't say anything substantive about the film because I want to give absolutely nothing away, but Toni Collette is phenomenal, Ann Dowd is excellent (as always), and Alex Wolff is a serious find - can't say enough about how effectively he pulls the various threads of this movie together. Expand
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ianchrayJun 11, 2018
That was hot garbage. Unless you like pointless plots and needless gore. Terrible film.
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EdenRJun 10, 2018
This is not a scary film. It is a dreadful film in the full sense of the word. You are more disturbed and on edge hours after the film has ended then while watching (Ok until the third act)

This is because at first viewing it is not entirely
This is not a scary film. It is a dreadful film in the full sense of the word. You are more disturbed and on edge hours after the film has ended then while watching (Ok until the third act)

This is because at first viewing it is not entirely clear what you just watched. Then you put the puzzle pieces together just like Annie building one of her dioramas. When the scales fall from your eyes and the enormity of the evil - real lust for power - at the cost of all, that you really see what just happened.

This is a supernatural melodrama and both ends of the rope burn ever so slowly but with extreme intensity.

Aster has made as assured debut as you can as both writer and director. This is no pastiche as he charts an extremely particular vision. Aster makes the house, the lighting, the camera - malevolent bystanders to the growing comprehension of horror. Think about how many horror films you see where you actually don't care who gets killed or not. This is the antithesis of that.

How is this a cast for your first film - Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd..and they are stood up by the incredible children. The haunting debutante Milly Shapiro and the star in waiting Alex Wolff.

The real horror of Hereditary is that you could remove all the supernatural content and it would still be extremely disturbing.
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TryASummersaultJun 17, 2018
A24 strikes again with an overrated and overhyped scattered film that really isn't even horror, but a well shot drama/thriller full of visual build up without a cohesive pay off. Speaking of pay offs you really have to wonder if these criticsA24 strikes again with an overrated and overhyped scattered film that really isn't even horror, but a well shot drama/thriller full of visual build up without a cohesive pay off. Speaking of pay offs you really have to wonder if these critics are because the rave reviews they constantly give these A24 " HORROR" films are banal and insane. While there are interesting aspects strewn throughout with some intriguing grim subject matter, it meanders into a very dark disjointed story that goes into a very depressingly stupid realm much like 2016's The Witch. If A24 didn't constantly scam people advertising this as a full on horror film with a decent trailer with some horror cliche visuals, and then release a dragged on dark drama, maybe people wouldn't be outraged at them. I for one will never pay for another one of their films since The witch and i advise others not to do so. If you do, you are being swindled. Expand
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DOHmetacritic10Jun 9, 2018
Nope. the concerns about hype are real. That, and you've seen all of this before. Many, many times.

It's not that this is a bad movie, it's just not anything like the stellar effort we were told to expect. When you watch this you're going to
Nope. the concerns about hype are real. That, and you've seen all of this before. Many, many times.

It's not that this is a bad movie, it's just not anything like the stellar effort we were told to expect. When you watch this you're going to see things you've seen numerous times in other movies, going all the way back to Jacob's Ladder. There are moments that disturb and a couple of jump scares. The audience I saw the movie with were talking among themselves and it was a universal "Meh". Absent the promotional effort this could have gone straight to video. Toni Collette is the only reason to pay full price, and that's a statement about her performance and it's greatness. Maybe a matinee. Or you could just revisit The Conjuring and experience a much better movie, that provides much more powerful scares.
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FilmJunkJun 8, 2018
This is real horror. Ari Aster is a writer and a director with the largest possible amount of passion for his craft. Nothing about Hereditary feels cheap or predictable. The horror relies not just upon loud noises or disturbing imagery, butThis is real horror. Ari Aster is a writer and a director with the largest possible amount of passion for his craft. Nothing about Hereditary feels cheap or predictable. The horror relies not just upon loud noises or disturbing imagery, but upon subtlety. As a visual and auditory experience, Hereditary is almost perfect. There is a tremendous deal of skill shown in the scares of this film: every shot lasts just the right amount of time, always revealing the frightening imagery at just the perfect moment and for the proper duration of time. Aster understands that things not shown can be just as scary as what appears on screen. The music is really what puts things over the top and elevates the film to the horror of works like The Exorcist. There is constant tension because the music knows when to come in and it knows when to stay away and let the other sound effects run their full course. It all comes together as a work of brilliance. There is some poorly done, very noticeable audio dubbing that distracts from the movie's tension, but it's not too big of a deal.

The horror is so effective because it's based around events that feel genuine, like they could actually happen. The story blends the supernatural with the realistic in a fantastic way that makes for the type of horror experience that sticks with you to make your own real life as terrifying as the film.

Toni Collette is an absolute revelation in this film. She delivers perhaps her best work ever and injects the atmosphere of the film with the raw terror and loss experienced by her character. The supporting cast isn't always quite as impressive. Alex Wolff didn't quite sell some of the scenes that demanded the most of him. But the performances are overall leaps and bounds above average, especially for a horror flick.

The story doesn't always seem like it's going in any one direction and can feel cloudy throughout the first viewing, but it all wraps up very clearly at the end. The film's conclusion is one that never releases any tension, but rather ends at the most horrifying possible moment. The rising action continues and never falls, and it makes Hereditary one of the best horrors of the decade and shows Ari Aster as a more-than-promising up-and-coming filmmaker.

Story: 9
Acting: 9.5
Script: 9
Visuals/Sound: 9
Entertainment Value: 9.5

OVERALL SCORE: 9.2/10
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paxfoolJun 12, 2018
I created an account on Metacritic just to review this movie, so that should tell you something. It’s a massive disappointment and I’m not sure why it’s getting such rave reviews. Plenty of other movies have had similar plots and handled themI created an account on Metacritic just to review this movie, so that should tell you something. It’s a massive disappointment and I’m not sure why it’s getting such rave reviews. Plenty of other movies have had similar plots and handled them in much more interesting ways. The movie takes absolutely forever to get going, and when it does finally start to move a bit, it’s okay at best, and mind-numbingly eyerolling at worst. If you’ve seen more than five horror movies in your life, you’ll decipher the plot within the first act. There are absolutely no interesting surprises here.

If you’re looking for a good horror movie, go see either of the Conjuring movies. Much better than this giant heaping pile of disappointment.
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queenofthebeachJun 9, 2018
Oh man. I loved this movie. As someone who loved The Babadook and The Witch, this film was excellent. What I love the most is what others have already said: this film relied more on tension, sound, and imagery to give you that feeling ofOh man. I loved this movie. As someone who loved The Babadook and The Witch, this film was excellent. What I love the most is what others have already said: this film relied more on tension, sound, and imagery to give you that feeling of dread and it did it perfectly. I was not ready for some of the things shown in this film. Sometimes I had to do a double take to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing and some of these scenes will stay with me for a long time. It felt like I was watching something I shouldn't be seeing, and yet I wanted to find out what happens next. Toni Collette's performance was fantastic and so well acted. This film exceeded my expectations and was so refreshing. I would definitely see it again. Expand
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wadisplaceJun 8, 2018
A great but disturbing movie. It is everything that the reviewer said it would be. The movie is outstanding. Yet it will give you nightmares.
The devil is in the details.
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teddywymanJun 8, 2018
The first 10/10 of this year. Hereditary has an emotionally deep story with a lot of real, human drama in it, and it frankly does take a while to get going. However, once the true horror begins to set in, it rewards you for paying closeThe first 10/10 of this year. Hereditary has an emotionally deep story with a lot of real, human drama in it, and it frankly does take a while to get going. However, once the true horror begins to set in, it rewards you for paying close attention to all of the small details early on in the film, and the story as a whole becomes clear. It does feature some conventional scares, but they're always necessary to the plot, and never feel cheap. You care deeply about the characters, and there are enough surprises that you should be engrossed for the entire running time. Without spoiling anything, just try to pay attention closely while you watch it. It does have a coherent story, but it's sometimes cryptic and complex, and it certainly has deeper messages that warrant a second viewing. A truly frightening film. Expand
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HipsterDufusJun 8, 2018
Truly disturbing. Toni Collette should get a nomination for her role. For me it was not really that scary but at least it doesn't resort to jump scares. It's just really demented. Definitely did not see the end coming and I really wasn't ableTruly disturbing. Toni Collette should get a nomination for her role. For me it was not really that scary but at least it doesn't resort to jump scares. It's just really demented. Definitely did not see the end coming and I really wasn't able to know what was going to happen so high marks on keeping me guessing. Demented, dark and disturbing. Makes you wonder if there are really cults like this. Expand
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GrantD243Jun 8, 2018
Hereditary isn't your run-of-the-mill horror movie. It doesn't rely on jump scares at all, and actually the first half (maybe even closer to two-thirds) of the film plays out more as a drama film than a horror film. The horror aspect slowlyHereditary isn't your run-of-the-mill horror movie. It doesn't rely on jump scares at all, and actually the first half (maybe even closer to two-thirds) of the film plays out more as a drama film than a horror film. The horror aspect slowly builds, and builds, and builds, and then it's released in a way similar to how a thriller would release all of the suspense that has been built up over time. This film invokes a feeling of eeriness. I never found myself to be scared or ready to jump out of my seat, instead I found myself feeling creeped out at times. And, honestly, I much prefer it that way. The story is enthralling in a way that I didn't expect. As you might expect, it is very family centric. It's a slow burn, but I felt an urgency to find out all of the answers and as a result it seemed like the first 100 minutes of this film flew by. And the last 25 minutes or so, my goodness...they were exactly what I was hoping for.

Overall: Hereditary is a great arthouse horror film. Don't go into it expecting to be scared to death, but be prepared to feel a little creeped out.
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beebo42Jun 8, 2018
Overrated. There are a few disturbing scenes but they take a LONG time coming with a whole lot of not much in between. It's a fairly long movie and could easily have been edited down 45 minutes without losing anything. I'm done listening toOverrated. There are a few disturbing scenes but they take a LONG time coming with a whole lot of not much in between. It's a fairly long movie and could easily have been edited down 45 minutes without losing anything. I'm done listening to critics about scary movies, apparently they scare too easily. Expand
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LamontRaymondJun 8, 2018
I so badly want to compare this film to a few other horror flicks that I've seen, but can't let the movie's cat out of the bag. You won't be bored, that's for sure. The girl sitting to my right grabbed her boyfriend maybe 20 times? I almostI so badly want to compare this film to a few other horror flicks that I've seen, but can't let the movie's cat out of the bag. You won't be bored, that's for sure. The girl sitting to my right grabbed her boyfriend maybe 20 times? I almost feel like seeing it again right way just to see how another crowd will react. (BTW: if you happen to see it at an ArcLight, absolutely stay for the interview featurette with the writer/director - some pretty amazing making-of stuff that blew my mind...) Expand
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j1trainJun 8, 2018
Toni Collette for Oscar. A chilling, stunning performance. When the classic horror elements start to come in (séances, attics), it's almost a relief from the more unsettling terrors in the film: watching a family emotionally deteriorateToni Collette for Oscar. A chilling, stunning performance. When the classic horror elements start to come in (séances, attics), it's almost a relief from the more unsettling terrors in the film: watching a family emotionally deteriorate before your eyes. This really is "more than a horror movie." Scary good. Expand
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khoinguyen1220Jun 8, 2018
With the psychological terror of The Witch, the emotional depth of The Babadook, disturbing imageries like no others, Hereditary offers a genuine and realistic look into grieves and guilt. Giving their Oscar worthy performances, both ToniWith the psychological terror of The Witch, the emotional depth of The Babadook, disturbing imageries like no others, Hereditary offers a genuine and realistic look into grieves and guilt. Giving their Oscar worthy performances, both Toni Collette and Alex Wolff carry the emotional depth of the film on their shoulders. In a crazy film like this, smaller moment (such as the dinner scene argument) kept the movie grounded. One of the best (and craziest) of the year. Expand
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loriwildeJun 9, 2018
Slow and ponderous in the beginning and then totally ridiculous at the end. There were a few genuine scares but I completely did not get the hype. Maybe I've seen too many better made movies in the same ilk.
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TotalLostCauseJun 11, 2018
This movie was less of the slow burn suspense thriller-horror that is was advertised as and more or a meandering waste of time just waiting for a MST3K episode. About a quarter of the theater left before the movie ended and everyone else atThis movie was less of the slow burn suspense thriller-horror that is was advertised as and more or a meandering waste of time just waiting for a MST3K episode. About a quarter of the theater left before the movie ended and everyone else at the end just before the credits rolled. I waited through some of the credits as I was sure I had been Shyamalan'd again

The story was lackluster with no characters being likable and only two being very sympathetic. Half of the movie I found myself hoping something awful would happen to most of the main cast just to get rid of them and move the plot along to something more interesting. There are several major plot holes and multiple instances of "horror movie logic". Several things that feel like they will be major plot points early in the film have no real relevance and are only there to set a creepy stage for the rest of the film. A few of the cast members have acting talent shine through during rare moments of this film but with the terrible writing it could not save this one.

The music and sound effects in this movie are frequently done hamfistedly. The music will go from low suspenseful rumble, to climactic Jaws is about to appear, to overbearing, to questioning if this will cause long term hearing damage; all with little regard to what is happening on screen. The special effects are all over the place with some being done well and others missing the mark completely. One of the stand outs is a point late in the film that should look like an apparition crawling quickly along the wall and instead looks like a panicked bug in a bed sheet being drug through the background on a wire. When this is part of the final climactic build up for your slow burn horror thriller and several members of the audience can't help but audibly laugh you have failed somewhere along the way.

The single redeeming part of this movie is the cinematography. This film has some amazing sweeps and pans that help to guide your focus through whatever the poor writing wants you to feel is important. It has wonderful use of depth of field. There are some beautiful and technically demanding shots including the opening longshot. This is not enough to suggest this movie in its entirety and but may mean shots from this could be used to study cinematography.

In the end I can not comprehend the hype on this one. I spent more than an hour after seeing this movie thinking and talking with the person that saw the movie with me. We desperately tried to find some less evident metaphor or greater meaning. Despite our best efforts this is just a poor horror movie with an amazing marketing team.
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PanchogulJun 10, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Después de muchos desaciertos en el cine de este género, por fin llega algo nuevo que me es un poco difícil de describir en una sola palabra, una película que te entrega mucho mas de lo que uno puede llegar a esperar, deja mucho a la imaginación, una historia familiar desgarradora que te mantiene con los ojos fijos hacia la pantalla en todo momento, se va desarrollando lentamente, pero que afortunadamente cumple su objetivo, la actuación de Toni Collette es digna de ser premiada, definitivamente un filme que vale la pena ver si realmente te gusta el género de piés a cabeza, si vienes a ver jumpscares mejor pasa de largo Expand
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LovelandJun 10, 2018
Hereditary is a psychologically tormenting slow-burn horror film unlike anything I've seen before. This is how horror is supposed to be done. The most impressive part of this movie is the fact that there were literally zero jump scares. It isHereditary is a psychologically tormenting slow-burn horror film unlike anything I've seen before. This is how horror is supposed to be done. The most impressive part of this movie is the fact that there were literally zero jump scares. It is all a slow but terrifying build up to what can ultimately be described as a demented ending. First off, the acting on the part of everyone is outstanding, especially Toni Collette. The story is very well done, but at times you can get lost in what exactly is going on and I felt they could have done a better job explaining at times. Much of the film's emotional duress comes from the drama within the family, which adds another layer to the depth and terror. I've seen some negative reviews from people saying that the movie took a bad, unexpected turn or something in the last 20 minutes, but I disagree. There are multiple hints at what is truly going on throughout the film if you pay attention, so the end shouldn't come as a surprise. The cinematography was outstanding, and I think they hit the perfect atmosphere throughout the film. They straddle the line between "really demented" and "just messed up" perfectly throughout the movie. This is the first horror film I've seen in a very long time that made me lose sleep. Despite me rating it an 8, this movie definitely isn't for everyone. Some will find it to be too much, and they aren't completely wrong to do so. To me it was outstanding, and would recommend to any moviegoer who is up for the emotional torment Hereditary has to offer. Expand
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Nickw321Jun 16, 2018
0 plain and simple. This movie is about as scary as a bowl of jello. The critics must be getting paid off to give this movie a good review. Just like the other stupid A24 movie the witch. Don’t worry about reading spoilers here this movie0 plain and simple. This movie is about as scary as a bowl of jello. The critics must be getting paid off to give this movie a good review. Just like the other stupid A24 movie the witch. Don’t worry about reading spoilers here this movie will spoil 2 hours of your day. Expand
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McGamaJun 9, 2018
This movie has incredible jaw-dropping horror. Chock-full of lore and a looming presence of dread this the best horror movie I've seen in my life. For the first time in years I was afraid of the dark that night. This movie reminds us of whatThis movie has incredible jaw-dropping horror. Chock-full of lore and a looming presence of dread this the best horror movie I've seen in my life. For the first time in years I was afraid of the dark that night. This movie reminds us of what real, genuine fear is by portraying a very realistic and flawed family and how they cope with loss. I genuinely felt my heart pounding harder than it has from watching a movie and my friend almost had to leave the theater from a panic attack. It adapts tropes from countless other horror films then subverts them like a magician with a huge bag full of tricks. I just watched it a second time and scanned all over every shot to see if I might have missed something. People who complain about its run-time, as if that goes against the film, should reconsider film because art doesn't have to be constrained to a cookie-cutter rubric. People who say this film lacks jumpscares are desensitized to them. There definitely are jumpscares in here except instead of resorting to to cheap, startling, non-contextual "BOO" moments there are uncomfortable scenes of imminent death making me feel like open prey about to be attacked. Most modern horror films are like fried foods, fast to make and a quick bite to eat on the go whereas a film of this caliber is like smoked bbq, it took a long time to make but once you finally get to eat it it's one of the most heavenly experiences possible; 10/10 Expand
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GoresomethingJun 8, 2018
I came into this movie with nothing but the highest expectations and boy were they completely exceeded. As a long time horror fanatic I have seen it all and thought there was very little left in the genre that could shock me to my core; AriI came into this movie with nothing but the highest expectations and boy were they completely exceeded. As a long time horror fanatic I have seen it all and thought there was very little left in the genre that could shock me to my core; Ari Aster's debut left me not only shocked but inspired. From the get-go Hereditary is a symphony of twisted camera work, implicitly dark tone, and magnetic performances that were eerily relatable. As the film went on these components hurl the viewer into web of paranoia strung together by an antagonist that has no physical presence in the movie but is made more real by the confounding series of events. I was struggling to sit still in my seat. I genuinely felt my own sense of panic succumb to the cascade of macabre imagery and heavy thematic dialogue. The films denouement is nothing sort of devastating and embodies the very definition of tragedy; haunting you long after the credits stop rolling and leaving you horrified. On all elements this film is nothing short of a masterpiece; framing, tone, lighting, acting, story, editing, soundtrack... all of it assembled with such grace and love that it deserves a place among those classics that kept us awake at night. A+ work Ari can't wait for your next picture. Expand
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toddatJun 10, 2018
I really like horror movies. I was very much looking forward to this when I saw the reviews and Metacritic score. I was ferociously disappointed. What a horrendously bad movie. Gabriel Bryne! Wake up!! Toni Collette settle down there's noI really like horror movies. I was very much looking forward to this when I saw the reviews and Metacritic score. I was ferociously disappointed. What a horrendously bad movie. Gabriel Bryne! Wake up!! Toni Collette settle down there's no more scenery for you to chew on. Story was ridiculous and the audience I was in was laughing at the parts that were supposed to be "scary". I've seen at least 10 horror movies in the last 5 years alone that were light years better than this. Oculus anyone? Expand
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Anthonyp8684Jun 10, 2018
The shining with its dread and slow camera pans + Rosemary's baby= Hereditary. Dont believe the nay sayers, the young horror audience of today is more interested in jump scares and gore. These are the same young people who eat tide pods forThe shining with its dread and slow camera pans + Rosemary's baby= Hereditary. Dont believe the nay sayers, the young horror audience of today is more interested in jump scares and gore. These are the same young people who eat tide pods for fun. Is that who you want to take movie advice from? Expand
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kolesnikowJun 13, 2018
I also created a metacritic account just to give this movie a 0. It's officially the worst movie that has been released during my lifetime so far. Every negative review you see here is accurate. Anyone who thought it was good should beI also created a metacritic account just to give this movie a 0. It's officially the worst movie that has been released during my lifetime so far. Every negative review you see here is accurate. Anyone who thought it was good should be ashamed of themself. What a trashfest. Words fail me, I am trembling with disappointment, a piece of me has died, all the positive reviews and comparisons to horror classics have obliterated my faith in humanity. It has single-handedly ruined the horror genre. Expand
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dr_heartlessJun 8, 2018
What a huge letdown. This movie is a dull, watered down Rosemary's Baby. It tells you exactly what it's about in the first 10 minutes, so it kills any surprise or mystery. The charters are flat, lifeless so never cared about anyone or whatWhat a huge letdown. This movie is a dull, watered down Rosemary's Baby. It tells you exactly what it's about in the first 10 minutes, so it kills any surprise or mystery. The charters are flat, lifeless so never cared about anyone or what happens to them. I did like the little girl's click noise and the gross toys she made. I got a replica of one at my screening, so that was cool. By the end, everyone in my screening was laughing at how goofy the movie had become. Skip this, see a Quiet Place. Expand
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eberman123Jun 9, 2018
Not good. The only redeeming quality was the high quality actors in the movie. The story and plot was inconsistent and ridiculous. The film was highly disappointing.
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RuffingtonJun 11, 2018
Strange and ominous and vaguely upsetting, I found this movie to be just a little bit predictable but overall an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours at the theater. The acting is mostly top-notch. But I think this movie is bound to sufferStrange and ominous and vaguely upsetting, I found this movie to be just a little bit predictable but overall an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours at the theater. The acting is mostly top-notch. But I think this movie is bound to suffer from being overhyped and somewhat mis-marketed. It's really not much of a horror movie (even though some horrible things happen). For anyone who sees this based on commercials calling it "terrifying!" and "scariest ever!" I think they will be disappointed. Expand
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BeastJ18Jun 9, 2018
Never have I had such high expectations for a film and it exceeded it so much. This film shocked me more than any I've seen in a long time. This is already a horror classic. What a first film and achievement by director, Ari Aster. AbsolutelyNever have I had such high expectations for a film and it exceeded it so much. This film shocked me more than any I've seen in a long time. This is already a horror classic. What a first film and achievement by director, Ari Aster. Absolutely the best film of the year so far, which is an extraordinary accomplishment for a horror film. It still sits in the back of my mind and haunts the quiet moments of the day. Expand
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imdoingmypartJun 11, 2018
We are living in the golden age of horror. After enduring all of the mediocre, anything-but-unsettling films of the 2000's, we finally get year after year of intriguing, unique, and genuinely thrilling horror productions. A24 should take aWe are living in the golden age of horror. After enduring all of the mediocre, anything-but-unsettling films of the 2000's, we finally get year after year of intriguing, unique, and genuinely thrilling horror productions. A24 should take a large portion of the credit after producing The Witch, It Comes At Night, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and now Hereditary, which is possibly their strongest installment yet. While audiences will still have to endure commercials for quickly forgotten horror duds like Truth or Dare, they can find solace in this strong 2018 terror.

Hereditary follows a family living in somewhat isolation in the Rocky Mountains whose grandmother figure has just passed away. No one is sad. In fact, Annie (played by Toni Collette) seeks out grief counseling in order to understand her lack of sorrow for her mother's passing. Annie then reveals details of her troubled upbringing and troubles with her mother, making the audience realize that grandma's passing may be for the better. Annie also reveals her family's struggles with mental illness, illness that ultimately caused her brother to take his own life at the age of 16. Though Annie does not directly say it, she seems to have a burden lifted off of her in her mother's passing. The only person distraught over her death is Charlie, Annie's troubled daughter. Charlie and her grandmother were quite close, and Charlie is struggling to understand who will show her love the way her grandmother did. This film quickly devolves into madness, not unlike Eraserhead and The Shining; I often thought of Wendy running around the Overlook Hotel. Mental illness clearly plays a role in character actions and decisions, but so does the supernatural. The most interesting aspect of Hereditary (other than some fascinating camera work and set pieces) is its ability to blur clearly supernatural events and a reality altered by mental illness. Are the images that plague the family real events, or are they simply hallucinations? The answer is not clear. What is clear is that this family is about to go through some hardships, and grandma is to blame in one form or another. The film is genuinely terrifying, unpredictable, and filled with enough mystery and suspense to thrill the audience for a full two hours. Hereditary also adds an artistic touch to its brand of horror, which may polarize audiences but will certainly lead to some great discussion points.

By no means is Hereditary a "perfect" film. It plods a bit in early scenes. Some shots move quickly from terror to unintentional terror. Not all character motivations are entirely clear. No viewer should watch the film expecting perfection; the viewer, however, can expect two hours of tense, brilliantly crafted horror entertainment. Hereditary is a rare great film that ultimately more than makes up for its minor issues by keeping the audience guessing from scene to scene while conjuring up some of the most thrilling images and situations that the horror genre has seen in a long time.
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CharlieGrayJun 10, 2018
Completely stunning, terrifying, smart, well directed film. Hands down to the year’s best horror film, and I’ll go as far as saying that is one of the best horror films of all time.
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avr50Jun 9, 2018
Hereditary is the first movie of director Ari Aster. Now, a director with no experience and the fact that he do a movie that is taken as this generation "The Exorcist", means that Aster is going to be one of the best directors of thisHereditary is the first movie of director Ari Aster. Now, a director with no experience and the fact that he do a movie that is taken as this generation "The Exorcist", means that Aster is going to be one of the best directors of this century. The movie is scary, but not scary as we are used to. It has no jump scares and it has a long time to describe the pain that the family in the movie is going through. I don´t know if this was the intention of the director, but Hereditary makes your blood cold using all that you think you know about a scary movie against you; you never know what is going to happen and if you´re into the movie it´s kind of a torture because you will never look away because they are certain details that you´re going to be interest in and those details will also make you doubt about what is going to happen. A lot of people are not going to like this movie because it is not a "normal" or "generic" horror movie, but the people that love to have surprises in movies and love to be challenged in movies, will love this one. Toni Collette gives the best performance of her career, she has to do a lot of things in the movie, some things really scary and heartbreaking that you just think, "how did she do it? Also Nat Wolff was really good, his character is in pain almost the entire movie, and he knows exactly how to control certain emotions so that it doesn't´t get over the top in some scenes. This is not a perfect movie; one of the issues that I have is that in the middle of the movie, there are a few moments where I was wondering where the movie was going but not in the good way, I thought that the movie was just stuck, but there was only like ten minutes of it, and also I would love more ambiguity in the movie, it´s not that the things that they give away to the audience were bad, just that the way that they did in the last ten minutes of the movie were given literally, and I would love that the movie would give the audience the chance of discover some things by our own. In the end, Hereditary is a really good movie, one of the best horror movies in recent memory, a movie that you will not forget after you got to sleep, a movie that you will talk about for a long time. Expand
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WhiskeyStoriesJun 9, 2018
Hereditary is the most shocking and upsetting horror film I've seen in years. It's not the scariest, but its eeriness made my skin crawl and some scenes even got a whole obnoxious gasp out of me. The simplest way to describe Hereditary wouldHereditary is the most shocking and upsetting horror film I've seen in years. It's not the scariest, but its eeriness made my skin crawl and some scenes even got a whole obnoxious gasp out of me. The simplest way to describe Hereditary would be that its an imperfect blend of The Babadook and The VVitch. That's where the film has a few major flaws. In its identity, as the horror aspect of Hereditary is truly disturbing the drama does drag on quite a bit (leading to pacing issues) and is at odds with the storytelling - causing an incohesive narrative (lastly the final gripe of mine was the uneven lighting). That said, Hereditary will go down as a classic in the horror genre with its jawdropping final act that truly channeled The Exorcist. The acting is absolutely brilliant all around (Collette is amazing as always, the one who surprised me the most was Alex Wolff, he was fantastic) and for his first feature Ari Aster did a phenomenal job. Expand
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brohugJun 9, 2018
7.5 de-merited to 7. There's a few continuity issues and some of the ensemble scenes with the family members look like they needed either more takes or better editing. All in all, an above average horror film. Some reviews mention "The7.5 de-merited to 7. There's a few continuity issues and some of the ensemble scenes with the family members look like they needed either more takes or better editing. All in all, an above average horror film. Some reviews mention "The Exorcist" but its "heredity" is closer to "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Sentinel". The superb Toni Collette delivers an intense performance and stretches of the film thoughtfully tangle with how grief impacts a family and the following silence of unspoken anger and regret. But the film also puts itself at a disadvantage early on by being completely mirthless and also rendering a central tragedy before the halfway mark. The family stakes are somewhat reduced after that point. Ultimately, the film just trades on some previous horror/paranoia tropes which then push the plot to a not un-entirely surprising conclusion. Expand
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jim_taltontishJun 16, 2018
Can't believe how critics are falling all over themselves to prove how culturally evolved they are. Wait, yes I can. How pretentious to call this one of the scariest movies ever released. Scary? Hell no. "The Exorcist" was terrifying,Can't believe how critics are falling all over themselves to prove how culturally evolved they are. Wait, yes I can. How pretentious to call this one of the scariest movies ever released. Scary? Hell no. "The Exorcist" was terrifying, and this doesn't come close. These are the same clowns who declared that "The Witch" deserved to be included in all-time horror masterpieces. This was just a another nicely filmed and well acted movie that was creepy. Expand
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trollkiller55Jun 13, 2018
If you're a horror fan, this is a must see movie. Just when you think its peaking, something new is thrown at you. The tension and terror is palpable and deeper than any film I' ve seen in many years.
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mynameisjoshuaJun 12, 2018
I don't know when the last time I got cold-chilled, white-knuckled, and look-over-my-shouldered at a film was. The only horror flick that has stuck with me in the last ten years was The Witch... This'll be the second.
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jackronnerJun 9, 2018
Can't believe the critics' high marks. Dull, listless, glacially slow with only a few cheap "BOO" moments. Tangled plot is impossible to follow. The characters are either chewing the scenery or are impossible patient or detached. BigCan't believe the critics' high marks. Dull, listless, glacially slow with only a few cheap "BOO" moments. Tangled plot is impossible to follow. The characters are either chewing the scenery or are impossible patient or detached. Big disappointment. Would have left but for the forlorn hope of a clarifying ending and chills that never materialized. Expand
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inktomiJun 9, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. My girlfriend picked this one and she now owes me big. This tired, old storyline was done before. Rosemarys Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Rob Zombies Lords of Salem and The Witch are all examples of similar storylines. Been there, done that. This was a boring, slow burn movie that needed narration at the end by a supporting character to explain to the audience what they just sat through two hours for. If you get a chance, miss it or rent it down the road. There were a few shocking scenes, but other than that I was watching a plane crash in slow motion. You know its going to, just not sure whos going to survive it. Thats the main reason I didn't walk out.

Two positive things I can say are the acting is good and the cinematography was done well too. It's actually a very, professional well made movie. Just a very boring one with a hokey, trope filled and overused story.
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dchipps1945Jun 10, 2018
Your take on this movie will probably depend on what you expect to get from a horror movie; meaning, if you want shocks and gravity-defying acts by people affected by supernatural forces, this is for you. If you want a scary-but-logical storyYour take on this movie will probably depend on what you expect to get from a horror movie; meaning, if you want shocks and gravity-defying acts by people affected by supernatural forces, this is for you. If you want a scary-but-logical story you can follow from beginning to end, it's not.

For me, the peril in the best horror films is fairly easy to explain: The girl is possessed and the exorcist is going to try to save her. The hotel is haunted, the father is under its spell, and he is threatening his wife and son. I couldn't figure out what the main peril was in this one until literally the last minute of the film, when it was explained to me, and still didn't add up.

I don't agree that the performances were fantastic. Every scene seemed to have a silent "dun-dun-DUN!" sound effect at the end, and with everything so overwrought, I just didn't see a lot of emotional range or transformation going on:

Mom: Manic, freaked out
Dad: Detached, uncomprehending
Son: Dazed, terrified
Daughter: Creepy, man! Just CREEEEEPY!
Mom's friend: Superficially caring, but obviously EVIL

We've seen these characters before.

I was obviously disappointed. I went in hoping for a great horror film, and experienced a film that loads up on common horror elements and practically screams at the audience, instead of the other way around.
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DayveJun 8, 2018
This was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. Seriously, I do not know what the critics were watching, but it could not have been the same movie I saw. I was ready to leave after 15 minutes, hoped it would get better but it gotThis was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. Seriously, I do not know what the critics were watching, but it could not have been the same movie I saw. I was ready to leave after 15 minutes, hoped it would get better but it got worse. The actors were not cast well, and I could not have cared less about them. What was with the odd girl, horrible casting job unless they were going for hideous and someone nobody would care about. I would not see this again unless I was paid a ton of money. Go only if you have a serious popcorn craving that you cannot fix at home. Expand
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DavidnbJun 20, 2018
Horror movies usually bore me to tears, but this was an actual movie, with characters I actually cared about. Horror does seem to be improving, becoming more cerebral, earlier this year there was A Quiet Place, but this one hit it out f the park.
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whosthatusernamJun 15, 2018
The best horror movie I've seen, makes excellent use of suspense and dread, opposed to the generic jump scares. It has a coherent, logical plot and has some excellent cinematography. This movie outperforms other horror movies in nearly everyThe best horror movie I've seen, makes excellent use of suspense and dread, opposed to the generic jump scares. It has a coherent, logical plot and has some excellent cinematography. This movie outperforms other horror movies in nearly every manner. Truly amazing. Expand
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ioneil1Jun 18, 2018
This one will stick with me for a long time. It is definitely a slow burn, but in this case it works to the benefit of the whole. But towards the end you will have a hard time not covering your eyes. Best horror flick I've seen in years.
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moviemitch96Jun 8, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I honestly don't care: A24 doesn't know how to do horror! Most people seem to think 'The Witch' is absolutely terrifying and amazing whereas I not only found it to be one of THE WORST movies I've ever seen, but also zero percent scary and not even remotely creepy, and I also thought it was the worst unintentional comedy I'd ever seen since 2006s 'The Wicker Man' with Nic Cage! The year after, with 'It Comes at Night', I personally thought that had a much creepier atmosphere and more intriguing premise and was slightly better overall, but the final product left much to be desired. Well, with this latest (and waaayyy too overhyped) addition to A24's filmography, they've once again proven to me that they don't really know a good or truly scary horror movie when they see one, at least in my opinion they don't. Much like 'The Witch' and 'It Comes at Night', it was such a slow burn with little or no horror until the very end, and none of these films have any moments of horror whatsoever if you ask me. Furthermore, it certainly didn't help that not only did this remind me an awful lot of 'The Witch', but it had so many predictable moments and tropes that we've seen time and again in so many previous horror films. Silly-looking naked old people (yep 'The Witch' and 'It Follows' had that too), creepy smiling dead people (the Insidious films did this much better), possessed people climbing walls and hiding in ceiling corners (sounds like just about every possession movie out there), possessed people banging their heads on desks, walls, etc. (seen that a million times), a dog getting killed (A24's infamous for that at this point), a possessed person joining a ridiculous-looking witch-like coven or cult at the very end of the film after most or all of their family's been slaughtered (you guessed it, 'The Witch' did it too!) Overall, the only positive it had going for it was Toni Colette's fierce performance. Everyone else was pretty underwhelming to be honest. And like I said before, this movie just isn't scary and there's literally nothing new to see here that hasn't been done before, whether better or worse. And on one final note: A24, no more horror films please!!! You're just not good at it! I don't care what anyone else says! Expand
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redfrostJun 8, 2018
Just watched the movie. It's a good movie, fantastic acting. However, keep your eyes on the User Score. That is all I can say now.
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OrbulonJun 19, 2018
There were no jump scares, I go to see movies drunk and so only jump scares actually scare me out of my drunken stupor.
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Compi24Jun 16, 2018
Feature narrative newcomer Ari Aster churns out a truly unforgettable cinematic experience in "Hereditary," one of the most unique and disturbing horror films I've ever had the opportunity to witness. This is an expertly crafted andFeature narrative newcomer Ari Aster churns out a truly unforgettable cinematic experience in "Hereditary," one of the most unique and disturbing horror films I've ever had the opportunity to witness. This is an expertly crafted and masterfully produced film with a slew of A-tier performances and a truly horrifying feel to it. It provokes the kind of mood that's so powerful, you'd end up violating some kind of U.N. bylaw if you tried bottling it. And though it's not necessarily my cup of tea, I cannot deny the intrinsic talent behind the filmmaker at hand here. Ari Aster is most certainly a force to be reckoned with and he doesn't give one damn about your feelings (in the best way). Expand
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squalleddJun 30, 2018
Hereditary is a smart scary movie. The way the story told is not everyone cup of tea.
The first 30 minutes of the film might be too slow but it's necessary to make a presence until the end of the movie even the character is dead. And to
Hereditary is a smart scary movie. The way the story told is not everyone cup of tea.
The first 30 minutes of the film might be too slow but it's necessary to make a presence until the end of the movie even the character is dead. And to understand the movie, you need to pay attention to every detail that the director shown to you. And also what the main character said the whole time. Toni Collette deserves an Oscar for her performance. She is really damn good.
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shpostalJun 20, 2018
The horror and psycho genres are by their design predictable and especially with the ton of slasher films geared toward screaming teenagers, the studios knowing full well if the kids are too young to see their latest gore with no credibilityThe horror and psycho genres are by their design predictable and especially with the ton of slasher films geared toward screaming teenagers, the studios knowing full well if the kids are too young to see their latest gore with no credibility whatsoever they'll get it on DVD at a friend's or a parent will buy it for them. So after seeing my fill of this tripe, it is not often a horror type movie will impress me. The original "Cloverfield", "Alien", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and a few others do it right. "Hereditary" is absolutely brilliant and will mess with the heads of even the most jaded horror/psychotic fan. This is a movie that cannot be adequately summed up in the plot description. It is a very twisted tale of epic proportions, first through the grief and suffering of the family featured as they experience a terrible tragedy. (No plot giveaways here). But as the core of the film slowly exposes itself, the situation begins to unravel and reveal horrific events and thanks to the brilliant work here by all the actors and superb writing, instead of the cliche (DON'T OPEN THAT DOOR, STUPID) or watching teens in excellent shape somehow fall down more than Gerald Ford, the supernatural takes over and pulls you in bit by bit, piece by piece until the film's almost over, only then discovering the whole story. What works here besides fresh ideas, cinematography and again, the demanding acting roles is a fusion between the horror element and the effects on the family who become mentally and emotionally torn as they are discovering the truth behind the truly terrifying events plaguing them. "Hereditary" is getting rave reviews and despite a couple negative comments here, will be a legendary movie, combining horror elements with truly psychotic and mind bending details that puts it in the upper echelon of the best of its kind. The original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was brilliant not for gore, which actually had very little, but it was a mind warp, just the same. Along with that classic, "Hereditary" will be in the same league as "The Exorcist", which still scares people, "Silence Of The Lambs", "Alien", and more recently "Cloverfield" and "A Quiet Place". Prepare to be disturbed. Very disturbed. Expand
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alejandro970Jun 14, 2018
Horror of psychological, maddening, demoniac type; a bit of this and that. Despite the slow start has elements for cause the schivers. For some likes, Collette and Wolff are pissing because their overacting roles; the shaterring finale maybeHorror of psychological, maddening, demoniac type; a bit of this and that. Despite the slow start has elements for cause the schivers. For some likes, Collette and Wolff are pissing because their overacting roles; the shaterring finale maybe looks cheating for some likes. You decide. Expand
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jpritchaJul 3, 2018
I have a hunch that some of the people panning this film are fans of the found footage shock fests and gross out torture porns that have hijacked the horror genre for the past decade. This film isn't for them. It's not the greatest filmI have a hunch that some of the people panning this film are fans of the found footage shock fests and gross out torture porns that have hijacked the horror genre for the past decade. This film isn't for them. It's not the greatest film ever made, but it achieves what it sets out to do very well. The slow pace may bore some, but the character development is some of the best in any genre. Toni Collette's performance alone carries the movie, I really hope she gets some awards recognition for this. The emotion she portrays feels disturbingly real in best way, you can feel her pain and psychosis. Scares are lingering and the supernatural elements are handled cleverly and without becoming plot contrivances. The plot is not the movie's strongest element, but it works and is presented in an extremely clever way that keeps the mystery intriguing throughout. Certain aspects of the plot feel absurd, but the strength of the character development pushes the absurdity into the realm of cosmic horror.

If all you're looking for is a shock fest to make you jump and squirm, this isn't it; go rent paranormal activity or saw. Hereditary represents what I love about horror as a genre. It can induce and examine complex negative emotions that leave a lasting impression on viewers. It makes you think about your own mortality, the **** things you've done or had done to you in your life, and what consequences it all may have. Horror done well like this can be the modern day equivalent of a Greek tragedy.
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JLuis_001Jun 30, 2018
So Hereditary has received the same reaction that films like It Comes At Night and The Witch received from the so-called "mainstream audience".
It was to be expected and it doesn't surprise me in the least.
But it does have reaffirmed to me
So Hereditary has received the same reaction that films like It Comes At Night and The Witch received from the so-called "mainstream audience".
It was to be expected and it doesn't surprise me in the least.

But it does have reaffirmed to me something that I've been considering for quite some time now and it's that these mainstream audiences believe that horror means mutilated bodies, gallons of blood and multiple jump scares.

Let's be honest it isn't for nothing that a franchise like Saw had so many sequels. It was practically porn gore but it leaves in evidence another interesting aspect of those audiences. They like to watch people die at a safe distance and especially knowing that nothing happened once they leave the movie theater.

Hereditary is indeed a horror film, but it's not a frontal horror film. Hereditary bases almost all its argument on the power of suggestion. What is hidden in the dark is there to stalk and torment you not to jump and kill you immediately.

Although the plot is nothing special and in the final part it gets lost a bit, the truth is that the film is pretty solid.

This film belongs entirely to Toni Collette because she's really good, intense and dark and she also carries pretty much the whole narrative. Some people talk about Alex Wolff's performance but I found him too frustranting and dumb.

The young Milly Shapiro makes her film debut and while she ends up playing a small role, she's disturbing enough to leave a big impression on you.

The truth is that I did enjoyed Hereditary. I don't think it's a horror masterpiece but I think it's one of the best bets that has come in years of a genre that is in terrible conditions.

In the end all verdicts or opinions will probably depend a lot of people expectations of what they wanted to see or what horror is to them but I've gotta say that if you get disappointed, is perfectly fine but as I've always said judge the film for what it is and not for what you expected it to be.
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whoischarlotteJul 2, 2018
A good modern day horror that doesn't rely on jump scares? That is Hereditary. This gives off the true atmosphere and feeling of a older horror classic, such as The Shining. It uses cinematography in a creative way, while also making scaresA good modern day horror that doesn't rely on jump scares? That is Hereditary. This gives off the true atmosphere and feeling of a older horror classic, such as The Shining. It uses cinematography in a creative way, while also making scares from sound and visual aspects. I really found myself at the edge of my seat, gasping during this film and it created so many questions and made me feel genuinely shocked. I found myself linking back parts of the story to things I saw earlier one which weren't too obvious before. I highly recommend checking this out. In a world full of 'horror' films like Truth or Dare and Unfriended, watch Hereditary. Expand
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BakibenzJul 3, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. My favourite thing about the movie that it is insanely clever. It is all about schizophrenia. One very important symptom is that the person is unable to tell the difference between reality and their minds' doing.

You watch the film. Something supernatural happens. Then it seems that it did not happen. You can explain everything with spiritual and supernatural forces, but you can also explain everything from the perspective of a mental disorder.

The grandmother's heritage gives the title of the film. This heritage can either be the spiritual cult, but it can also be the mental disorder that is hereditary.
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jmonteiro7Jun 26, 2018
Not for everyone, but worth the try. You will love or hate this movie, there is no mid point.

I love it.
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JakobkrossJul 5, 2018
This is quite possibly one of the most unsettling experiences I've ever had in a movie theater before. Where Hereditary shines is in it's tone and atmosphere. Walking into this movie is like walking into a true nightmare. There aren't any bigThis is quite possibly one of the most unsettling experiences I've ever had in a movie theater before. Where Hereditary shines is in it's tone and atmosphere. Walking into this movie is like walking into a true nightmare. There aren't any big fantasy-like set pieces or even a gothic house, but it takes the kind of household you might see from an upper class family and make it feel so uncomfortable and unfamiliar that moving forward is like taking a deep breath. It all relies beautifully on the story, which I cannot spoil, but adjusts to the overall mood. I found myself shaking in my seat and taking deep breaths throughout the film. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. A family drama that takes disturbing turns and grabs you by the throat. Honestly, the best horror film I've seen in a long time. The only thing I hate, is that I don't get to see it for the first time again. Expand
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DufreshestJun 30, 2018
Hereditary: What's in Your Family?

Cinematography: 9/10 Many of the effects in Hereditary work due to the successful compilation of necessary elements for this particular film into a very well flowing arc.  Costume Design: 8.932/10 This
Hereditary: What's in Your Family?

Cinematography: 9/10 Many of the effects in Hereditary work due to the successful compilation of necessary elements for this particular film into a very well flowing arc. 

Costume Design: 8.932/10 This might seem like a high rating - but, the attire throughout adds to the effects of the film. The attire makes me feel like I'm viewing the "American Gothic" painting. Also, I feel like I'm viewing the behind the scenes progressions in an overly-dramatic-exaggerated psychiatric ward. To better understand, click the link of the "American Gothic" to learn more about the actual painting: Hereditary hides as much throughout the entire film. 

Film Editing: 9.798/10 In this particular type of film, the film editing has to be accurate to properly maintain the tonality of the flowing story -  and it was shockingly so. Very well-done.

Make-up and Hair-styling: 8.932/10 Every character is set well for the film.  

Sound Editing: 9.479/10 This type of film hits the necessary parts so well which really brings about stronger effects and draws from the audience. Funny story: a woman at a store clicks her tongue and I quickly turn to her then begin laughing. She asks about my laughing and I tell her. She's not going to see the film. Not everyone can watch films like Hereditary and be alright afterward.

Visual Effects: 9.579/10 My goodness. I really don't even want to talk about it. Good job. Creepily-freakishly good job.

Story: 9.729/10 Alright, I'm spiritual. This film is demonic. The story is solid from beginning to end and the audience is fed multiple stories in one film which is always a nice-rare bonus. I literally remind myself multiple times throughout the film that I am watching a film. Hereditary is creepy on the surface and on all of its depths. At many instances, the film breaks from spirituality to frighteningly potential actualities - situations -  in a relationship between mothers, fathers, children, and their legacies. It's frighteningly well-done.

Acting: 9.792/10 It's a nice surprise seeing Alex Wolff since Coming Through the Rye. Still, there's no way around it; all the acting is on point. Annie, Toni Collette, is creepily phenomenal.
 
Personal: Am I the only person in full support of Steve throughout the film? There are a lot of heavy lessons on marriage throughout the film. This is coming from someone that has been conversing with many men in marriages recently and has been receiving the head shake to never marry. The men that I've come to discuss the matter with in front of their potential wives or wives tell me that some women are crazy. Their wives agree. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing either way. I'm only conversing and thinking. I'm sure there's a fair balance of crazy between men and women. Will I have to watch Hereditary with my potential future spouse to ensure I have a full understanding of what I might encounter on our journey? 

Overall: 9.405/10

-K.D.

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Romi74Jun 15, 2018
Strange, tough, scary, but worth watching. Best horror movie in 2018. Recommended for those who they already have 18 years.
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Horror2018Jun 21, 2018
One of the best horror films of the last 20 years. Great acting from all the cast, great soundtrack also. Creepy all the way through and the last 20 minutes is brilliant.
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kennygeeJun 20, 2018
Patience people, PATIENCE. Let this film grow and develop and get under your skin and the payoff will be completely worth it! Incredibly rich and psychologically layered...and then it just scares the **** **** out of you.
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SACOOL24Jun 23, 2018
Movie is extremely put together well. The soundtrack and audio is magnificent. The creators knew where and when to put music and sound effects. I was actually pushing my seat back at moments so that I wouldn't jump in the theater.
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ErinMcGowanJul 2, 2018
Always enjoying a cool movies on boxxy software. A horrible horror with a brilliant performance from Toni Collette, once again proving that you can scare without any screamers.
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UnnumberedJul 4, 2018
With Hereditary, you get what you give. If you've read how "existentially terrifying" it is and walk in with the intent of sealing off your heart and mind so you can brag about how it's not scary after all, then you're simply not going toWith Hereditary, you get what you give. If you've read how "existentially terrifying" it is and walk in with the intent of sealing off your heart and mind so you can brag about how it's not scary after all, then you're simply not going to like it. Most horror movies operate within a very tight definition of "scare," usually accompanied by a jolt. Hereditary goes much further into the territory of nightmare imagery -- much of which is typically associated with the terrors imagined during sleep paralysis -- and can therefore come off as a bit comical to a skeptical eye.

But if you invest in this movie, if you give it your full attention and let yourself get sucked in, it will ruin you. Cast out the hype and watch it on its own terms, damn it.
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EvanSJul 5, 2018
Ordinary People Meets The Shining is the best way to describe watching Hereditary - and hats off to the director for blending genres, but to what end? After the first hour it leaps from a decent and tremendously well-acted study on grief to aOrdinary People Meets The Shining is the best way to describe watching Hereditary - and hats off to the director for blending genres, but to what end? After the first hour it leaps from a decent and tremendously well-acted study on grief to a **** crazy mashup of the occult. Had Hereditary shifted from drama to ghost story and tracked the departed impact on a grieving family it would’ve stayed on the rails. Instead it had to go all Friedkin by way of Polanski - and not enough Mike Leigh. Expand
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dharmaJul 7, 2018
Hereditary is one of the best Horror film in years. It is decidedly old school, 70's style type of horror: starts slow, build into a shocking middle and slowly and surely derails in the most spectacular fashion. Lots of viewers gave this badHereditary is one of the best Horror film in years. It is decidedly old school, 70's style type of horror: starts slow, build into a shocking middle and slowly and surely derails in the most spectacular fashion. Lots of viewers gave this bad reviews: modern viewers want their horror bludgeoned in their face with no ambiguity. Hereditary comes from a different time and it's for the better of it. As an added note: absolutely, stunning performance by Toni Collete, a definite Oscar contender. Who would have thought that she starred in both this and The Sixth Sense. Expand
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AxeTJun 17, 2018
High marks for steady consistent truly scary and disturbing sustained tone of dread. Low marks for blatant ripoff of "The Shining" in mood and style and "Rosemary's Baby" regarding concept/story, with heavy helpings of "The Exorcist" andHigh marks for steady consistent truly scary and disturbing sustained tone of dread. Low marks for blatant ripoff of "The Shining" in mood and style and "Rosemary's Baby" regarding concept/story, with heavy helpings of "The Exorcist" and "The Sixth Sense". Those are all classics but this will not be as some in the jackass critics herd foolishly and incompetently promote, because as with nearly all horror movies of the present era there is an over reliance on way too easy supernatural nonsense in sacrifice of superior story craft. Expand
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moviecritic68Jun 27, 2018
What ever became of horror screenplay that scares the bajeeses out of you like the Exorcist or some old Vincent Price thrillers like the Haunted House or even Tourist Trap. This was just some old hum-hum crap with a few good special effects.What ever became of horror screenplay that scares the bajeeses out of you like the Exorcist or some old Vincent Price thrillers like the Haunted House or even Tourist Trap. This was just some old hum-hum crap with a few good special effects. A "5" rating was more than generous in my estimation Expand
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The3AcademySinsJun 13, 2018
Hereditary is an incredibly well crafted first effort from director Ari Aster. If you like psychological horror, arthouse horror, or thrillers with elements of horror, then Hereditary is the film for you. The direction and cinematography areHereditary is an incredibly well crafted first effort from director Ari Aster. If you like psychological horror, arthouse horror, or thrillers with elements of horror, then Hereditary is the film for you. The direction and cinematography are painstakingly beautiful, and the shots truly drive the story. The acting performances are incredible as well, with Toni Collette and Alex Wolff really shining. Ann Dowd is a treat as always, and Milly Shapiro and Gabriel Byrne are also a delight to watch. The weakest point of Hereditary however, is it's script. While 70% of it is really well written and well done, some scenes and some lines of dialogue will leave you scratching your head. The rules of this horror world are really not set down, and some scenes take place in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and others in the desert, and others in the midwest. I'm not sure if this was purposeful or not, but it would be nice for a few more clues. The sound design mostly sticks to cliches, unfortunately, but there are one or two moments of perfect horror sound design. There is also not one jumpscare in this movie, which is a real pleasure, and the tension building is incredibly fun. All in all, this is definitely worth a watch or two! Expand
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voxottoJul 1, 2018
Mostly I enjoyed the movie, it was pretty scary and had a couple of cool shots. Not many jumpscares if you're into that... The only thing that was offputting for me was the crying and overacting for the drama when the mother or the son cried,Mostly I enjoyed the movie, it was pretty scary and had a couple of cool shots. Not many jumpscares if you're into that... The only thing that was offputting for me was the crying and overacting for the drama when the mother or the son cried, a little too much for me. Did not enjoy the last 5 minutes of the film as well, seemed to be more of a filler than story..
overall it isn't THE SCARIEST MOVIE EVER ... actually not in my top 10 even. But definitely a good movie nevertheless
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joeyabukiJun 19, 2018
A really well shot movie. The cinematography is exquisite; well directed; great performances of all the actors; really disturbing, crude, and teerifying. The film is pretty slow but not bad, it's a good plot and you are constantly muteA really well shot movie. The cinematography is exquisite; well directed; great performances of all the actors; really disturbing, crude, and teerifying. The film is pretty slow but not bad, it's a good plot and you are constantly mute staring the screen waiting for things to come and trying to figure out what is going on. Altough however the third act is terrible, it decays miserably at the end; some visual FX are poor (like the fire); it isn't the new "The Exorcist", "The Shinning" or "Psycho". Highly recommended if you like movies and horror. Expand
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TrevorsViewJun 14, 2018
Wow… last week I saw director Ari Aster’s first feature length motion picture, which miraculously meets the same quality as a longtime veteran. To enormous surprise, he created a strong cinematic mission statement supporting the misguided yetWow… last week I saw director Ari Aster’s first feature length motion picture, which miraculously meets the same quality as a longtime veteran. To enormous surprise, he created a strong cinematic mission statement supporting the misguided yet unforgettable spiritual social order of Hereditary. What’s the mission statement exactly? Well, let’s see:

He first sets up a dad, a mom, a boy, and a girl residing in a large wood house by a forest. The perspective taken here is through the matriarch, Annie, who has no choice but to watch her family pay themselves to the unknown haunts that beckon them. Hereditary’s power stems off how it takes its time to display a demand for us to accept family angst, staged through the nearly nonexistent lights above a conflicted dinner.

Everything else within Aster’s deconstruction of America’s nuclear home, especially the flickering image itself, appears top notch. Hereditary’s sound design helps transition between loud and quiet moments until you’d rather slice your own ears off than listen any further to the film’s satanic taunts. Harsh noise frequencies give a constant heavy pulse, scary paranoia established through a slow camera pan across art supplies that segues into the first scene. Rather than familiar instruments, a deep bassoon blares at a steady frequency below our ears’ capacity, supposedly mixed by demons to make your heartbeat race along to the score’s dark rhythm.

Hereditary‘s performances also triumph: Toni Collette (Annie) draws the peak of her career, her ritualistic eyes offering gradual grief until her disturbed desperate voice delivers a killer monologue. Likewise, Milly Shapiro’s (Charlie, the thirteen-year-old daughter) tongue clicks freaks you out more than The Omen. Hard to believe Milly previously played Matilda on Broadway!

Between these “humans“ trying to act human, the persuasively paced cast enhance Hereditary’s mindset on why people become a harmful investment, the slow camera pans drawing attention forward to the individuals’ shared disconnect.
Don’t think too highly of this attack on innocence though. A little fair notice for anyone falling under Hereditary’s most likely demographic of young adults: odds are you may receive the wrong positive ideas, particularly contemplation toward a glamorized a psychic medium career. Just wanted to make full disclosure before discussing the flick’s real meat.

Hereditary demonstrates self-blame condemnation, as Annie admits unidentifiable accusation of herself, a mysterious grief she paints through creating miniature models of familiarity. She sleeps inside the heated tree house to grieve, much like how Charlie sleeps inside the attic… which communicates her dangerously deceptive familial distance. Then Annie repeatedly tells her husband she plans to go see a movie when she actually attends a grief circle. Beyond her own lies: the teenage son, Peter, a bong smoker, has numerous life secrets he carries outside. Yes, everyone lies about their plans... except Charlie.

She seems better off at living than Peter, who constantly freaks out around his classmates to unholy extent. While these details of the family’s low points get shown, Hereditary takes its time to let you process the shock, each emotional beat exploiting fears of walking through dark empty hallways after peering around the room from underneath bedsheets. Eventually, following off the disturbed visual of an ant-eaten severed head, a scary cultic ritual brings all loose ends together.

…yeah. Based off my previous experience, such imagery honestly damages your moral senses to watch. The finale reminded me of my time watching Avengers: Infinity War. Throughout most of the film I thought, “Wow! I’m liking this writing!” But once the credits rolled, I thought, “Eh, never mind.” Except unlike Infinity War, which just gave an unexpected discouraging ending, Hereditary made me feel like the film less because being a Christian, its bleak, pointless pro-Satanism message upset me.

Hence why I had a peaceful night’s sleep immediately afterward—my inner vulnerability was unscathed. I believe The Silence of the Lambs benefits greater to watch since it proposes realistic solutions for our shared terror, unlike how Hereditary foolishly says sin triumphs without even saying what triumphs over sin.

We fleshly organisms might better off seize to have ears anymore… or eyes, or a nose, or a mouth, or hair, or cheeks, or a chin, or a neck, or any of the skull’s added pieces. Hereditary commands us to ultimately submit ourselves beneath whatever outdoes our control. The question remains: Will you obey Ari Aster’s smooth-talking against your supposed insignificance?
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DavidKrivickJul 1, 2018
Tense psychological horror drama. Cinematography, acting and ST is awesome.
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