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The story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down.
Mystery Thriller - This thriller aimed at adults is a big showcase for not only lead
actress Emily Blunt but two other female co-stars, Rebecca Ferguson
and Haley Bennett. As such, the film is targeted largely at women,
and the male actors in the film such as Justin Theroux, Edgar
Ramirez, and Luke Evans have only small roles. Sex, constant
language and alcohol, and some brutal scenes of violence make the
film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 5 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings and killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Non-stop alcohol; some cocaine. ACTION: A foot chase. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average To the extent that it's designed as shallow, disposable entertainment, The Girl on the Train hits the target. It's compulsively watchable and we feel for the protagonist as the full tragedy of her life's story becomes evident. The Girl on the Train doesn't derail but it's not the smoothest of rides.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ..a flat and suspense-free tale of pretty people in peril. And not only is the whodunit part of the film not all that intriguing (or surprising), neither are the characters swirling around each other until that big revelation comes to light.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average The Girl on the Train is more successful as a public service announcement about the dangers of binge drinking than as a gripping, twisty mystery. The major whodunit here is who made a best-selling thriller so darn boring.
NY PostFull Review Average The success of a thriller such as "The Girl on the Train” depends entirely on where it takes you, but so dismal and disappointing is this story's destination that it might as well be called "The Girl on the Train to Bridgeport.”
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 53 moviegoers:
TEENS: The male loved it, as did one of the two females. The other female enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males rated it "above average" with the third one rating it "average." The females reviews are GREAT! Four of the six loved it. One rated it "above average" and one felt it was only an "average" movie.
ADULTS: The male reviews are decent, but not great. About a quarter loved it with another quarter rating it "above average." Unfortunately, 35% felt it was just an "average" movie and 15% rated it "below average." The females reviews are MUCH BETTER. Half loved it with nearly all the rest rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.
Reeling from a recent divorce and searching to preoccupy her days, Rachel
Watson (Blunt) spends her weekday commute to and from Manhattan quietly gazing
out the train windows. Every morning and evening, she relives memories from just
outside the home she once shared with her now ex-husband Tom (JUSTIN THEROUX), who now lives there with his new wife, Anna (REBECCA
FERGUSON), and their
To distract herself from a life that's grown so aimless, Rachel develops an
obsession with the occupants of another house on the route, 15 Beckett Road-a
few doors down from where she used to reside. There, blissfully unaware that a
stranger is longingly watching, the seemingly perfect couple Megan (HALEY
BENNETT) and Scott (LUKE EVANS) go about the business of suburban
For months, in between furtive sips of the liquor that's become a constant
companion, Rachel has stolen glimpses of the stunning Megan and handsome Scott
as they drink morning coffee by their windows or laugh on their porch at
nighttime-and imagined how idyllic their world must be. The seemingly carefree
young woman is the portrait of everything that Rachel tried to be during her
years with Tom, in a marriage from which she refuses to let go.
One day, on her way into the city, Rachel witnesses something so shocking in
Megan and Scott's backyard that it rocks her to the core. Soon after, when Megan
goes missing and is feared dead, Rachel tells the police what she believes she
has seen. But can Rachel trust what she thinks she witnessed, or is she
entangled in the crime itself? When one voyeur crosses the dangerous line
between concerned and obsessed, she will either find the real killer...or discover
that there is innocent blood on her own hands.