Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 30, 2011
    75
    It's painful to watch a movie like Dream House - well-acted, beautifully shot and directed with extraordinary care and attention to craft - only to realize that the story, the alleged backbone, is absurd.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Sep 30, 2011
    63
    A modest genre entry, Dream House also benefits from the fact that any movie with good enough sense to cast Elias Koteas is automatically better as a result, even if he is utterly wasted here.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 1, 2011
    50
    70 minutes into the 90-minute process, I was engaged. Then it all collapsed.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Oct 1, 2011
    42
    The film's ambitions are woefully small and familiar.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 1, 2011
    42
    This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 3, 2011
    40
    The director is going through the motions, and he doesn't display the cinematic skill, at least in the release version, to bring off an exercise in either Hitchcockian or Shyamalanian suspense.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Oct 2, 2011
    40
    Impressive as the combination may seem on paper, having Sheridan direct this sort of genre fare reps a clear miscasting of helmer and subject, as he displays no particular feel for the material and is unable to overcome the story's generic approach, lack of striking psychological ideas, and literal-minded denouement.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    This crackpot thriller from the usually competent Jim Sheridan leaves only one mystery unsolved: what on earth was he thinking?
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    With its telegraphed twists and clunky pacing, the film would be unbearable were it not for the fine trio of Craig, Weisz and Naomi Watts, all more or less slumming.
  10. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    Despite the A-list talent involved, this haunted house tale is a thrill-deprived, inert misfire.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    Dream House is the full magilla, with imaginary images, sanity questions, peek-a-boo startles and the usual are-they-real-or-not? characters.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 30, 2011
    38
    So much is just so…obvious.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Oct 1, 2011
    30
    The story unfolds briskly in the polished mode of a classic horror movie, then tanks after a plot twist at the midpoint alters the mood and slows the pace. Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) directed an ill-conceived screenplay that could have worked only as camp.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 30, 2011
    30
    Dream House also manages to commit a cardinal thriller sin: casting well-known actors in ostensibly inconsequential roles, which in this case reveals the real culprit before the mystery proper has even begun.
  15. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 5, 2011
    20
    Dream House is neither haunting (as the marketing appears to promise) nor all that original. But it does, thank goodness for small favors, have Elias Koteas.
  16. 10
    The real problem is, when the film blindsides us with a mystery we didn't know existed, we're already too busy not caring about mystery we knew was there.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    7
    Don't listen to the critics, it may be a bit predictable but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not t he greatest movie out there, but it gives me hope for good movies in the future. It's a bit similar to a title called "Shutter Island", which is a much better movie in my own opinion. Is it great? Not really. Should you watch it? Yes. Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    6
    Some of the critics are unduly harsh on this movie. Its engaging. There are a few interesting twists. Its not nearly as creepy as the ads would lead you to believe, but my teenage boys enjoyed it enough that they were still talking about it a week later. No need to see it in theatre though, fine to watch at home. Full Review »
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    The fact that this movie tells you everything halfway makes it that much more compelling. It isn't a thriller in the sense of what is going to happen to next but rather it allows you to believe that such a scenario could happen to anyone and they will have no clue. The character is the story. Full Review »