Eli Hayes’s review published on Letterboxd:
No theater experience had ever put me in such a depressed state. How a director can craft such a confident, utterly grim film -- dread and tension leaking from every corner of every frame -- only to be mocked by the sad reality that is groupthink. Unfortunately, I cannot comment much on the film itself beyond shallowly stating that I'm certain it's quite brilliant. For I could not become immersed; I could not become absorbed in a film that is shot and scored in such a way that absorption should be effortless. I almost (selfishly) wish that this didn't get a wide release. I'm glad for Eggers, because $$$, but I wish, so deeply, that I could have seen this at my local independent cinema. Rather, I saw it with, by far, the worst (Regal) audience that I've ever been a part of. They were audibly, no loudly laughing, and verbally poking fun at The Witch throughout its entirety. All of this in response to a film which towers over the vast majority of its respective genre and frankly deserves better than the general populace; The Witch deserves more curious and openminded observers than the buffoonery that are the masses. I apologize for writing such a sour, disdainful and haughty "review." It's just been quite some time since I've been this frustrated by the individuals surrounding me. Sadly, I cannot apply a rating because I have yet to truly experience this film, but if I was to, it would be a very, very high rating.