Thomas Blalock’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well, this was...fine. But I can't but feel a little let down. I don't want to compare it to Ari Aster's previous movie, Hereditary, too much but this didn't work quite as well for me. The direction is really good, with good use of sound that sounds to the eeriness. It's certainly unsettling, both in tone and imagery.
Although honestly, even that was...weirdly underwhelming, at least until certain things near the end. I don't know, maybe I'm desensitized since I've seen stuff like A Serbian Film. But anyway, after a pretty strong opening where something bad happens to someone in Dani's family, and we see her fractured relationship with her boyfriend, this just sort of started to coast.
I mean, the directing and creepy-ness carried it but after a while it just didn't seem to have too much more to offer beyond that. Some themes are hinted it and I'm sure other reviews will gleam some stuff that is fascinating to read but the movie itself didn't give me a ton in terms of deeper stuff, even if it is clearly there in places. It's hard to explain why I didn't like this one more beyond "it just sort of sits there and drags and coasts on the great direction and mood) but hopefully I'm making sense.
Maybe I'm just a dumb normie (I hope you can see where I'm coming from and don't accuse of me "Not getting it") but I feel this was just merely a decent and very well directed movie that some people will see it as some brilliant master work, but to me was simply...fine.
There is a director's cut so maybe that has more to it or may improve my problems. Well besides the being too damn long one of course, but outside of that, tell me if I would like that cut more.
But the theatrical one was...fine. (I realize this review sounds more negative than it is but I swear i liked it okay, it just didn't rise up Decent, personally)