In the Tall Grass

2019

In the Tall Grass

Critics Consensus

A potentially intriguing premise is rapidly lost in the weeds during In the Tall Grass which struggles to stretch its slim source material to feature length.

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When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field's tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found. Based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill.

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Critic Reviews for In the Tall Grass

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (41)

  • Netflix seems to be banging out Steven King adaptations as fast as King used to bang out books. This one, based on a novella by King and his son Joe Hill, is quite a decent little creeper too.

    Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "In the Tall Grass" runs too long and repeats itself too much to be as gripping as its source material. Turns out there's a limit to how scary weeds can be.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Despite an uneven track record, In the Tall Grass gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

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  • It's rather astonishing how fast Vincenzo Natali's "In the Tall Grass" completely loses your interest.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • In the Tall Grass is a case of unchecked excess - more blood, more jump-scares, more mythology that goes not much of anywhere.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As it gets less relatable, it gets less interesting, but there's still Wilson's all-in performance and Natali's craftsmanship to keep us engaged, stuck in the grass, praying for a way out.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 29, 2019
    Netflix wasn't known for producing great films when they first started but rather produced some great television shows instead. Nowadays, with films like Roma being up for best picture, Eddie Murphy making his return in Dolemite is My Name, and Martin Scorsese releasing his three and a half hour epic gangster film in The Irishman, they are nothing short of being all-in. Sadly, for every great film, they're still releasing a poor one as well, and that's the case with the latest Stephen King adaptation, In the Tall Grass. While it had a promising premise and some unique ideas, it never fully grasps where those ideas should lead. Here's why I don't think this movie is worth your time, even as a casual watch on Netflix. Stopping on the side of the road during a long drive, siblings Becky and Cal venture out into a field of endless, tall grass after hearing the cry of a young boy. Learning that this location has much more going on under the surface, other characters appear and other-worldly things begin to happen. Playing with time and horror, this is a premise that has a lot going for it but ultimately fails. Sadly, another aspect that didn't help the wasted potential, was the fact that the cast just really wasn't all that good. That's saying a lot coming from me because Patrick Wilson actually gets quite a bit of screentime, and I usually love his performances. Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted lead this film for the most part until other characters begin to appear, and while I can see the potential for them in the future, I haven't seen either of them in a film before and it really does show throughout. I will cut them some slack though because I truly feel the biggest culprit here is the screenplay. I was shocked to see Vincenzo Natali's name all over this film, because Paris, je t'aime is a fantastic film by him and I also quite enjoyed his little horror film, Splice. For these reasons alone I was interested in In the Tall Grass, but his dialogue here could have really used some work. Even less of it and using the score to keep the movie ominous I believe would have helped, but that's just my opinion. The absolute best thing I can say about this film is the fact that it's actually nicely shot from start to finish. Known for working on very popular shows like Fargo, Legion, and The Umbrella Academy, his extensive resume shines through here and is on full display. If an award had to be given to any aspect of this movie, it would surely be for the cinematography. If for nothing else, I enjoyed looking at this movie. Truthfully, I believe the camerawork is what kept my attention the whole time. In the end, In the Tall Grass begins with a promising concept, but is bogged down by a confusing finale, subpar dialogue, a cast that deserved to be in a better film, and direction that was very off, which is really saying something, seeing who was behind the camera and story here. There's no way I can get myself to recommend this movie to anyone, except for maybe suggesting it to cinematographers who like to shoot horror films. Good in theory, but gad in execution.
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  • Oct 16, 2019
    This has all the marks of a Stephen King film adaptation and delivers another Netflix film worthy of your interest. The key to the films success or failure hinges on the filmmaker and they chose one that has had enough out there films to warrant our interest. In the Tall Grass is a crazy film and I enjoyed it for what it was. The reviews have clearly been mixed, but horror tends to land this way. Netflix are starting to land in the mid range budget market for high concept and it's an awesome time to be a member. 04/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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