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Kindred (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Kindred's naturalistic approach may frustrate viewers seeking jump scares, but this psychologically driven horror story casts its own grim spell.

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When her boyfriend Ben suddenly dies in an accident, mother-to-be Charlotte collapses upon receiving the news. She wakes up in Ben's family home, a crumbling old manor house in the middle of nowhere with Ben's overbearing mother, Margaret, and his controlling stepbrother, Thomas. They are determined to care for her, at least until the baby arrives. Grief stricken and increasingly haunted by visions possibly brought on by the pregnancy, Charlotte accepts their help. But as the days go by she begins to doubt their intentions and her suspicions grow. Are they drugging her and keeping her captive, with the aim of taking her unborn baby? As her visions intensify and the haze of lies grows, Charlotte decides that her only option is to break free from this family once and for all -- but at what cost?

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (16)

It's Shaw who steals the show, conveying her character as both a heartless monster and a woman haunted by her own past, with that kind of breathy, distracted haughtiness she does so well.

July 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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This could have been the British Get Out, or at least a brutal dissection of class politics with added jump scares. Yet the novice director and co-writer Joe Marcantonio never moves beyond suggested ideas and themes...

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

By turning its heroine's confinement into a literal ordeal, Kindred grips best as a neo-Victorian nightmare of maternity.

June 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Kindred is a ragged cry of rebellion, calling out to the flock to join forces against the darkness

November 19, 2020 | Full Review…
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Its co-writer/director has pulled off a rare feat: He's created a work that interrogates grief with a sociopolitical undercurrent without losing sight of the fact that this is a horror film in the first place.

November 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Never played too broadly, the screenplay questions the sanity of all involved. It gets under your skin, even if it's hardly original.

November 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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