A young woman quits her teaching job to be a private tutor (governess) for a wealthy young heiress who witnessed her parent's tragic death. Shortly after arriving, the girl's degenerate brother is sent home from his boarding school. The tutor has some strange, unexplainable experiences in the house and begins to suspect there is more to their story.


Floria Sigismondi

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Reviewed by rubellan 2 /10

Last minute change to the ending, I presume, destroyed it

My favorite adaptation of this move is the one with Patsy Kensit from the late 80's. Very atmospheric and effective.

I found this version adequate until the end. It was so abrupt and veered into such a weird direction that it appeared to be a last minute change that fell beyond flat. The impression I got is they tried to suddenly make it about genetic mental illness rather than an actual ghost story. The last time she looks in the mirror and claims she sees the ghost, there really was nothing there. Then the layered dialog emphasizes something Mrs. Gross just stated about whatever her mother has (mental illness), hopefully she doesn't get it. The kids call her crazy, walk out of the room and the movie's over. Are you kidding?

I can't assume this was the direction they were going in the whole time. And a scene from the trailer, in which a large spider is crawling out of the boy's mouth, was not even in the movie, so that points even further towards a change in direction. But whoever decided on this direction made a very bad decision.

Reviewed by sautdebasque 1 /10

Nobody has time for movies like this.

Complete waste of time. I was close to walking out but I was hoping it got better. The ending confirmed that I should have walked out.

I'm irritated I lost precious time to go see this train wreck.

Reviewed by lesleyannemandigo 2 /10


It was like watching an hour and a half movie trailer. You get left wanting to know what happens...

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