The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle (2017)

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar (R) winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 11, 2017
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Glass Castle has an affecting real-life story and a hard-working cast in its corner, but they aren't enough to outweigh a fundamentally misguided approach to the material.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Clocks in at two hours and seven minutes but it's so intense that I was hardly aware of the time.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Due to the herculean task of adaptation, "The Glass Castle" lacks the emotional potency of Cretton's earlier work and the unflinching detail of Walls' memoir.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

To experience the whole thing in sequence is to watch two very long hours of prefabricated, ultimately predictable drama that lacks the texture of Walls's writing or the power of her hard-won insight.

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Thelma Adams
New York Observer

There are heart-tugging moments in The Glass Castle, but Walls's bestselling memoir needed to be roughed up and aired out. For it to match up to the book, the movie needed the glass to be smashed, not every shard treasured.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Dark, dysfunctional, and filled with blinding hope, this is one glass house that's difficult to throw stones at.

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Diana Saenger

A True Story Impeccably Performed

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James Berardinelli

By laminating Walls' story with a Hollywood sheen, the narrative climaxes in an artificial and contrived manner.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

A film that presents overwhelming evidence of Rex and Rose Mary as appalling human beings for 90 percent of the journey, and then asks us to give them a break? No sale.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's an unusual story unusually well-told, and performances are first-rate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
The Glass Castle had its few moments of shines and tears to wipe away, but under the hood is where the film relies a huge problem on. Can be forgettable during… More