Joel Haver’s review published on Letterboxd:
Technically laborious but hollow to the core. Ari Aster is the king of the unmotivated long take. In fact, hardly any of the shots in this movie are motivated. It utterly fails to establish point of view and we wind up watching the events unfold as some omniscient third party. Which might work if the intention of a horror movie wasn’t to immerse and scare you. We should feel like we too are trapped in this strange community, instead we merely watched people who are trapped. And I find very little enjoyment in passively watching characters be tortured for no reason.
Ari is 0/2 for me. His movies are devoid of emotion and personality, and no, frequently depicting people grieving and crying does not make it emotional.
I can’t help but feel Ari too is watching from a distance, he got so caught up making a movie he forgot to put himself in it.