Stranger Things

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Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: An unusual and touching bond develops when grieving Oona reaches out to a mysterious homeless man and offers him a place to stay in her garden shed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 7, 2013
    90
    Gorgeously photographed by co-director Burke in the beautiful environs of East Sussex, England, this modest but subtly powerful piece of minimalist cinema exerts a haunting spell.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 4, 2013
    90
    Something unexpectedly profound emerges from the flimsiest of stories in Stranger Things, a drama so modest and trusting of its two leads that any directing flourishes might have shattered its spell.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 5, 2013
    90
    One of the assets of Stranger Things is its air of mystery, and the actors give the indelible impression that they have much locked away inside.
  4. Reviewed by:  Heather Baysa
    Apr 5, 2013
    80
    The bond between this university graduate and the ragged drifter comes to seem vital and true, undercutting the full-blown sentimentality of the conclusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Apr 2, 2013
    75
    Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal's film is a tasteful, well-orchestrated drama that never reaches beyond its humble means.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 5, 2016
    8
    Halfway through and this show has me hooked. Most of the child actors are good and believable, with one gap-toothed kid being so adorableHalfway through and this show has me hooked. Most of the child actors are good and believable, with one gap-toothed kid being so adorable that I giggle ever time he's on screen. The desperation of the parents searching for the missing children is intense. Winona Ryder is a wee bit over the top in her acting in my opinion. The weirdness and the bizarreness that ensues is spell-binding. Expand
  2. Jul 24, 2016
    3
    Terrible!!! OK the acting is fine, Winona Ryder outperforms everyone else good for her, the cinematography etc. is all fine, but the STORY andTerrible!!! OK the acting is fine, Winona Ryder outperforms everyone else good for her, the cinematography etc. is all fine, but the STORY and the WRITING are absolute garbage. The story is the most cliched hodgepodge of stuff patched in from old TV shows and movies, but nothing is explained beyond saying there is some kind of alternative universe that is conveniently populated with monsters that look like all the monsters in all the other horror TV shows and movies of the past 20 years. The dialogue from the first two episodes is particularly atrocious. It's almost funny to watch the actors try to deliver the fake sounding dialogue in a way that's convincing. Anyway, a total waste of time. You want to see something fun on Netflix, watch 11.22.63. It has a big flaw conceptually but it is a lot of fun anyway, or watch House of Cards or Daredevil. But give Stranger Things a pass. Expand

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