Dream House Reviews

  • This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

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

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • (Dream House movie review at Boston Globe)

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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 Schager — Village Voice

  • 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 Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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 Koehler — Variety

  • 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 Howell — Toronto Star

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

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

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

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • 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 Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • The final wheeze of the J-horror-inspired domestic thrillers that ran rampant a few years back.

    Scott Weinberg

  • This is a sunken wreck from the get-go, and everyone involved knows it and just tries to get away.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

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

    Sean Kernan — We Got This Covered

  • 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 Newton — Georgia Straight

  • So much is just so...obvious.

    Roger Moore — Movie Nation

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

    Roger Moore

  • "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 Beck — Examiner.com

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

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • 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. Shaffer — IGN DVD

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