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Metascore

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100
The movie toggles between two periods-before and after a catastrophe-and, were it not for Swinton's magnetism, it would be unbearable. Instead, you'll want to stay for the wallop.
90
There are so many great things happening on almost every level of this movie, from Swinton's haunting, magnetic and tremendously vulnerable performance, which is absolutely free of condescension to the suburban American wife-ness of her character, to the many unsettling individual moments.
90
Variety
An exquisitely realized adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel. In a rigorously subtle performance as a woman coping with the horrific damage wrought by her psychopathic son, Tilda Swinton anchors the dialogue-light film with an expressiveness that matches her star turn in "I Am Love."
80
Empire
A triumph for Ramsay anchored by terrific performances. Guaranteed to haunt you for days, and possibly prompt a rethink on your position on parenthood.
70
This is, in a way, a real horror film about everyday things and a disconnected family.
67
The movie is creepy, but it has no texture or depth. It's like "The Omen" directed by Miranda July.
63
Ezra Miller's sneering, absurdly precocious evil-child performance makes him just another bad-seed horror villain.
50
Village Voice
By treating Kevin's evil as a mystery to be solved, Ramsay only succeeds in making what was once allusive banal.
38
Slant Magazine
The purpose of Lynne Ramsay's hodgepodge approach is to distract us from the flimsiness of a story that suggests a snide art-house take on "The Omen."
0
This is the most unwatchable horror movie masquerading as social comment I have seen this year.

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