The Innocents

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Innocents chillingly subverts the purity of youth in a powerfully acted thriller that lingers long after the credits roll.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Harnesses the terrifying malice of bored kids and blurs the line between social drama and out-and-out horror.
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    Tasha RobinsonPolygon
    Mesmerizing because of its particular take on the banality of evil.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Finally, a film for grown-up audiences who are sick of watching superhero movies and feel that cinema has been ruined by superhero movies but, all the same, quite fancy watching one last superhero movie as long as it’s a superhero movie for grown-ups.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    Is it a film about bullying or alienation, or about the extraordinarily powerful emotions of childhood, the things that are often kept secret from parents? There is room to choose.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The Innocents is a nightmare unfolding in cold, clear daylight.
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    A.A. DowdDigital Trends
    It’s straightforward to a fault, with all the intrigue of a cookie-cutter superhero origin story.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    [A] detailed and disarming portrait of youth [that] sits within a daylight nightmare.
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    Rob HunterFilm School Rejects
    The Innocents ultimately fits quite comfortably in the “killer kids” subgenre despite not being played for cheap thrills or gory gags, but as anyone who was ever a kid can tell you, growing up can be pretty damn horrifying.
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    Harris DangThe AU Review
    The Innocents is a haunting and dramatically seething film that marries both tried-and-true genre tropes and striking artistic expressionism successfully with identifiable emotions, solid storytelling ideas and remarkable directorial prowess.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The Innocents sometimes falters with sluggish pacing, but this horror movie excels in immersing viewers in an atmosphere filled with deliberate torture and dread. A lot of the terror happens without a word being spoken.
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