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Little Stranger, The (12A)

Mystery, Drama

British mystery drama, set in the 1940s, in which a country doctor is called to treat a patient at a crumbling estate.

The critical consensus

An elegant, sinister tale of the uncanny, with its own streak of pathos.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/08/2018

We know everyone involved in this film can do better.

**(*)(*)(*)Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 17/09/2018

Those expecting a Woman in Black-style histrionic chiller may also be disappointed but will take some consolation from the clutch of truly haunting performances.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 17/09/2018

This lacks the sting in the tail of something like the similarly post-War The Others, but it offers a soupy atmosphere of low-level dread and paints a devastating portrait of a vanishing age.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 18/09/2018

A consummately crafted and very subtle film which ends with quite a kick.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 20/09/2018

Despite strong performances from Gleeson, Will Poulter and especially Ruth Wilson, the film’s determination to prioritise theme over story turns it into a somewhat clenched academic exercise.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 20/09/2018

The pervasive sense of foreboding may unsettle, but there are too few genuine scares to call this a horror. Rather, it’s a poignant examination of the pain of isolation and envy, an unrequited love letter to a time that has passed by and perhaps never fully was in the first place.

***(*)(*)Jonny Sweet, The Wee Review, 22/09/2018

A slow pace and a low-key Domhnall Gleeson make this supernatural tale less gripping than it might be.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 23/09/2018

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday October 5, 2018, until Thursday October 18, 2018. More info:

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