The Humans (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Humans (2021)



Critic Consensus: The Humans takes its Tony-winning source material from stage to screen without sacrificing the essence of writer-director Stephen Karam's dysfunctional drama.

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Erik Blake has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group's deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.


Critic Reviews for The Humans

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (44)

The casting is... first-rate, with Richard Jenkins and a wounded, garrulous Jayne Houdyshell the standouts.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is more than just a nihilistic revamp of Home for the Holidays. It's bleaker than that, more forensic in its analysis of innate human hopelessness.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The ensemble remains electrifying against the damp.

December 31, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The result is like an expressionist horror by Polanski.

December 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Writer-director Stephen Karam's] dialogue -- overlapping, percussive, ultimately musical -- is as exquisitely observed as it is immaculately performed by this cracking cast. It's as if Samuel Beckett had written a sitcom.

December 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's palpable dread throughout this stagey but nevertheless evocative whirlwind of dysfunction.

December 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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