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Was the screenplay, credited to David Loucka, this schizophrenic from the beginning? Or was some major tampering/reworking done at some point?

-James BerardinelliFull Review

This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.

-Owen GleibermanFull Review

While Will and Libby struggle to adjust their thinking caps, the viewer already knows, thanks to the tell-all trailer, the reason for much of the confusion.

-Peter HowellFull Review

This crackpot thriller from the usually competent Jim Sheridan leaves only one mystery unsolved: what on earth was he thinking?

-Jeannette CatsoulisFull Review

Daniel Craig does everything to dispel comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with a finely tuned performance, but the film flattens as it tries to explain his character's psychological state.

-Robert KoehlerFull Review

Sheridan's pacing is turgid and mournful, which lends the story -- sort of like The Shining crossed with Gothika during a sleepover stop at The Amityville Horror -- an air of ponderousness.

-Joe NeumaierFull Review

Sheridan can't ever quite get hold of the tone and falls back on a default dreaminess (the little girls play a shaky rendition of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" more than once) that never quite convinces.

-Mark OlsenFull Review

Despite the talent involved, this is more a snooze than a dream.

-David RooneyFull Review

There are probably some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories that would explain why Dream House is such a ruined pile of nonsense.

-Eric D. SniderFull Review

The only thing it haunts you with is: What the heck happened to Jim Sheridan?

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

Sheridan's tale soon segues into an unevenly paced whodunit pockmarked with lame CG nightmare sequences and populated by hollow ciphers whose every word and action is less believable than the last.

-Nick SchagerFull Review

Dream House has been sold as a ghost movie but in reality, it is a psychological thriller mystery with a really bad ending.

-Sean KernanFull Review

So much is just so...obvious.

-Roger MooreFull Review

The only real mystery is why some A-list actors and a director of Jim Sheridan's calibre would even ponder working on such an uncalled-for project in the first place.

-Steve NewtonFull Review

So much is just so...obvious.

-Roger MooreFull Review

At least Weisz and Craig wound up married after this mess.

-Roger MooreFull Review

"Dream House" is a mess of a film. This is not only because its writing is amateurish, but also because the film itself seemed like it was someone's first attempt at putting a film together.

-Jeff BeckFull Review

Dream House is clearly something of a wreck, yet watching the film provides glimpses of the better film the project might have been.

-Jason BestFull Review

Dream House is not the film it was advertised as, but beyond the wonky finale, reshoots, and strange editing there is an interesting tale to be told here.

-R. L. ShafferFull Review

It's little surprise that Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz disowned this turgid, woefully inept thriller which idiotically gave away its big reveal in the trailer.

-Shaun MunroFull Review

This is the kind of thing that happens when there is a squabble about who controls a movie. Director Jim Sheridan bickered with studio over how scenes in this thriller should be shot, and scenes were redone after test audiences reacted negatively.

-Linda CookFull Review

This is one property you'd do well to stay away from.

-James WhiteFull Review

It's daft and nonsensical. But it's that silliness and the sheer calibre of cast that ensure this has a certain car-crash watchability about it.

-David AldridgeFull Review

Disappears up its own fundamental implausibility.

-Philip FrenchFull Review

The fragile hope that we might have a grown-up horror movie on our hands is smashed to smithereens.

-Full Review

This is a workmanlike movie that is never quite scary enough, and never quite ingenious enough, though the four leads do an honest enough job.

-Peter BradshawFull Review

An intriguing twist livens things up midday way but the mood is almost oppressively melancholy and the plot doesn't stack up.

-Henry FitzherbertFull Review

Crowbarred into the standard haunted house chills is a supposed twist that feels like Shutter Island written for drunk people.

-David EdwardsFull Review

A disappointing psychological thriller that's had all its noteworthy twists completely ruined by its trailer.

-Matthew TurnerFull Review


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