Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Dec 9, 2011
    83
    The movie goes on a bit too long, but it makes up for it with finely tuned performances.
User Score
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No user score yet- Awaiting 2 more ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 29, 2012
    8
    The Metacritic assesment is incorrect as this film is nowhere near "Action/Adventure." Further, West was not deemed mentally incompetent, butThe Metacritic assesment is incorrect as this film is nowhere near "Action/Adventure." Further, West was not deemed mentally incompetent, but rather illiterate. "Appropriate adults" are used in many instances in the UK to ensure proper procedure is followed and often when a suspect has a low education level; he need not be medically declared incompetent as suggested. That said, the film is superbly disturbing and well-acted. It is quote controversial as there are frequent dramatizations and Janet's character is clearly amerliorized, with the assistance of the real woman; however, they do not take away the impact of the interesting storytelling and nuanced performances. Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2011
    10
    Great movie, full of depth, and made with respect for its subject matter. The fact that its based upon true events makes it even more creepy.Great movie, full of depth, and made with respect for its subject matter. The fact that its based upon true events makes it even more creepy. The acting was academy award worthy, and its thick realistic atmosphere made for a very disturbing experience, and I liked it. Some might say it's slow moving, but if you really appreciate its atmosphere, and the fact that they are trying to tell you a real story, I'm sure its pace will be just fine. Plus it's full of sick and twisted, truly unexpected surprises, so what else could you want in a movie? Full Review »