I think, unlike many other reviewers here, that it is when the strange girlfriend turns up that the tension spices the story a little and lets it improve. Caleb's talent was wasted on this garbage. I fast-forwarded most of it so I'm not sure. There are no critic reviews yet for Welcome the Stranger. I feel as if those who are rating this movie poorly are failing to see the sophistaction, artfulness and unique story Justin Kelly has brought to us. Those doodles are also represented with lights in the sky in two occasions. If you're suffering from insomnia watch this movie for a few minutes. Then the prehistory opens. During sexual intercourse the man strangles his girlfriend while her face repeatedly oscillates from hers to the sister's. The way both siblings communicate to each other makes them strangers, not in a metaphorical way but rather in a bad-plot way. | Why should a film be any different? Is the expectation seriously that folks are supposed to purchase a ticket for this movie to watch it in theaters? All rights reserved. | Forgot your password? They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. There are no featured audience reviews for Welcome the Stranger at this time. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. But we actually see the girlfriend, who is back and alive. Alice is feeling different. I awaited the movie with great anticipation, but was horribly disappointed. Alice (Abbey Lee Kershaw) arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan (Caleb Landry Jones)'s mansion. Just saved my time skipping it after 27 minutes of slow acting. Phenominal acting and Stupendous writing over shadowed by a horrible plot conclusion. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. At times it almost feels like a prequel to The Neon Demon because of her character even though this is not even close to being as violent or lit in neon lights. The siblings have a mysterious mommy issue with their late mother. The acting , what there was of it - not much just lots of long stares and supposedly meaningful incestuous looks - lots of things thrown at us from alien abduction to matricide. That's what this movie is all about, I think. User Ratings They try to normalize incest. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer, Jake Gyllenhaal Will Star in HBO Limited Series. Filmed in New York State and with a wonderfully evocative yet delicate score, Welcome the Stranger is a curious film, if there is even one single word to describe this entire production. It was absolutely pointless. There are odd things going on as both women get inside the head of Ethan. Maybe there's an acting game. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. | The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets what is not? This film is a very interesting feature that psychologically ascends reaching many levels. The storyline moves at a slow pace but always remains intriguing and entertaining through out. But only one of them is telling the truth. Yet, the arrival of his sister distracts him with idiot games like looking all over the house for his favourite silver pen, which we can assume he himself hid in the first place: at the end of the movie we see him writing with it as if it had never been misplaced. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. She doesn't feel like smoking or eating her nicotine chewing gums anymore because they feel tasteless. You're almost there! I don't think I've ever been this bored in my life watching a movie and typically I enjoy movies such as this, however, this was complete trash and super boring. Regal We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. With the girlfriend lying dead in bed, the sister breaks into the room bleeding in what we understand is a miscarriage. Copyright © Fandango. The percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who have given this movie a positive review. Cinemark All in all, the movie could have been way better with better actors, more believable characters and dialogues and a better ambiance. and the Terms and Policies, Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. Next, we see Alice rolling off the bed victim of a nightmare. The lights become something similar to the lights from a spaceship and seem to abduct them both. Reminded me a bit of "The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2007)"....who she was? They have an odd relationship, one that is close, yet not. Although the main idea is really good, it could have been developed quite more superiorly, which would have led to a supreme product. Despite it leaving me with a few unanswered questions, I was more than pleased with this film's conclusion. Sign up here. But this film is also an atmospheric psychological mystery thriller that often goes surreal along with hints of fantastical elements. In my view, it goes more or less like this: Girl who looks seriously messed up carrying a heavy burden on her shoulders (which we never entirely know what is about, probably the fact of just being herself) reunites with her introspective brother in a mansion somewhere near L.A. according to what we are told at some point. Enters stranger, the girlfriend with no background or history, whom the brother has never mentioned before, which we later wonder if this is because she didn't exist before or if the incestual tension he shares with his sister made him forget about it or maybe put it in a second place, or perhaps even avoid mentioning it so as not to make the possessive sister jealous. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. We learn that Alice, the sister, has left her cheating boyfriend and, by the choice of words she uses, we also notice she is the possessive kind. Due to its languid pace and elusive nature, sure, some may accuse the film of being pretentious or vapid, though others are certain to embrace its nebulous, confoundingly experimental aura. From this point on, we are presented with a series of what seems to be mind games and the product of insanity. Random events afterwards, the three joins for dinner and we learn the sister is pregnant, which triggers an argument between the siblings about not being entirely honest to each other. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Audience Reviews for Welcome the Stranger. The brother is working on a comic book and has no free time to wander around with his sister because he is on a deadline. The ratings for this movie range in number according to the level of perception and capability for analysis of their viewers. But this...? The film at all vague. A glowing insect that looks like a timid hornet on the kitchen floor is captured in a bowl by the scared brother. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. It's not a memorable movie, but it isn't that forgettable, either. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! The brother stays indoors making his geometrical doodles in parallel to the lights, copying the scheme in the sky. Cinemark It also pushes the boundaries a bit but not quite enough to really set this film apart to stand out from others and become memorable. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. For a second I thought the splash had been made by the sister, leading us to the first time they meet, which would have made the story circular and unpredictable. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. The end reveals that it wasn't really insanity but a stranger feeling more than welcome. The storyline was creative and refreshing; the cinematography... pure eye candy. Forgot your password? We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Although we presume this is a product of the man's imagination, we can not conclude whom he was really trying to kill, or better yet, whose death was he really getting off with. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Welcome the Stranger is the kind of movie that wants people into thinking it is of greater importance than it is. Welcoming the stranger beinng taken from the bible and presumably refers to the aliens in the film - really? Coming Soon. Art here certainly imitates life, and life is full of unanswered questions. This somehow disappointing ending leaves us wondering if the sister ever existed, in which case, was she even ever there and also if all this was the dreaming of a man immersed in his artistic work or if he is in fact partially insane.

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