The Nest

critic Reviews

91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score91%
  • An effective pairing of period setting and timeless themes, The Nest wrings additional tension out of its unsettling story with an outstanding pair of lead performances.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    There's beauty in the small moments of this downbeat and dark family drama.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    As devastating as The Nest often is, the sheer beauty of individual moments is still elating.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Oliver JonesObserver
    It looks like a horror movie, swims like a horror movie, and quacks like a horror movie, but it isn't a horror movie. So then what the hell is it?
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mike D'AngeloAV Club
    Even if you're not entirely sold by the idea of an Antonioni-esque alienation drama shot as if it were I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (and why the hell wouldn't you be?!), The Nest is well worth seeing just for its two central performances.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    As conceived by Canadian writer-director Sean Durkin, The Nest is excellently engineered domestic drama, with characters walking on just the right number of eggshells around each other until they crack wide open.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Bob StraussSan Francisco Chronicle
    "The Nest" unfolds in the way smart people tend to express their deepest disappointments - get it out, regain emotional control, divert for a while if you can.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's like a haunted house story without any ghosts... Very moody, very beautiful, and also -- in its own way -- really devastating.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    One of the best films of the year. It really establishes [director Sean Durkin] as one of our very best filmmakers. It is a really extraordinary movie in the sense that it's about nothing, and yet it's about everything at the same time.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    The horse-loving Allison, Coon embodies the emotional volatility of an '80s woman who doesn't always listen to her better judgment.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Michael J. CaseyMichael J. Cinema
    Seeing "The Nest" is engaging. Having seen "The Nest" is deflating.
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