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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Intense dramatic feature with bits of Horror.

6/10
Author: insomniac_rod from Noctropolis
11 February 2007

Great visuals, stunning cinematography, and art direction but lacks of an interesting plot that never gets fully explained.

I haven't read the novel but I think the movie was interesting enough. The psychological situations were perfectly mix with the sadness beyond the grave. Losing a child is always a matter of traumas and this movie perfectly displays it with some chilling scenes.

The cryings were scary enough to add a special vibe to the movie but sadly, it wasn't never clear if the movie was intended to take a dramatic or horror direction.

Still, this is a decent effort that hasn't get much recognition. I will take the other IMDb reviewer suggestion and read the book.

Still, I recommend this movie if you catch it on t.v.

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Wonderful story completely trashed; read the book instead

Author: Marta from United States
11 February 2001

If you feel you must watch this film, go immediately to the doctor; you're deathly ill. On your way to the doctor, stop off at a bookstore and buy "The Crying Child" by Barbara Michaels, one of her best and most imaginative novels and the supposed "basis" for this terrible film. What the director and the production team did to her story is criminal and they all deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

This did have potential. Mariel Hemingway fits the character of Mary nicely but would have been much better as Jo, who was her sister in the book; the rest of the cast is okay but not brilliant. The location also fits the story. It's what they did with the material that stinks.

It bears little resemblance to the novel; the central character has been switched from Jo to Mary, her sister. This seriously undermines the story from the first moment. Gone are the estate caretaker and his wife, central characters to the plot and elemental in it's resolution. The character of the doctor has been completely changed. Gone is the gothic texture of the plot and the house itself, which is way too new in the film and not nearly big enough. Gone is the pace of the novel and the binding central story, filled with a rich history that made the novel so enjoyable. In its place is a blind woman, never in the book, who is ridiculously put in as filler to explain everything and then is conveniently killed; no one is killed in the novel. This would have been a great story to shoot as a major motion picture, done in the manner of "The Innocents"; it deserved the muted, horrific feel of that earlier film and the story matter is somewhat similar. The book has tremendous potential and I'd love to see it done right, since it is just about my favorite Michaels story.

If you must watch a film based on a Barbara Michaels book, get "The House That Wouldn't Die" (based on her earliest ghostly novel, the marvelous and haunting "Ammie, Come Home"), a 1970 TV movie that was not perfect but much closer to Michaels own vision. It only cut out a small part of the book and kept the correct story; the cast was perfect and despite its flaws I could accept it as Michaels vision.

Bottom line: Go get the book "The Crying Child" and thoroughly enjoy yourself; don't waste your time with the film. It's a worthless piece of trash and all prints of it should be destroyed to protect the minds of future generations.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Don't bother.

2/10
Author: sugerfoot from Canada
15 June 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm sure that there is a good story somewhere in this mess, but unfortunately it never rears its head.

This is the story of a husband and wife who loose a child and then move to a remote island into a home that her family has had for generations. At once he wife begins to hear crying sounds. Suddenly she decides that she has to help this baby.

However, there seems to be no reason for her motivation. She hears a crying ghost and needs to help it? She seems to think its her baby? In the end we do get to see a rather cheesy ghost, and the ending makes no sense at all.

Mariel Hemmingway was down right annoying, as was her husband. The Doctor and the friend were the only two likable people in the movie.

Want to see a good creepy dead kid in a big old house movie? Rent the Changeling.

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