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Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe, and their two children for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Horror Thriller - Like Jordan Peele's previous film Get Out, this is a horror
film with some deeper social commentary with the scares, but it's
also a far less straightforward and altogether more strange. Fans of
Lupita Nyong'o will especially enjoy. Elisabeth Moss only has a
smaller supporting role. Language, some bloody violence, and
creepy/scary subject matter make the film not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Despite an intriguing premise and a single great sequence, Us is a muddled affair that goes off the rails the more Peele tries to expand, explore, and explain his basic concept. It's often said that less is more in horror and, had Peele cut out a lion's share of the exposition in Us, it would have made for a more viscerally satisfying experience.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent This delightfully deranged home invasion-family horror film works because Peele not only knows how to tell his story, he assembled an incredible cast to play two roles. "Us” is another thrilling exploration of the past and oppression this country is still too afraid to bring up.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good .... thoughtfully freaky... More of a straightforward scare-fest than "Get Out,” "Us” is also funnier, deeper and more enigmatic in its own way. What maddens some will enrich others as he continues his one-man quest to bring Americans kicking and screaming toward self-investigation.
NY PostFull Review Good Audiences who show up expecting a parade of slasher thrills may find their adrenaline expectations underwhelmed. "Us” moves in fits and starts; its pacing isn't that of a standard horror movie. It rarely resorts to cheap scares, but occasionally slows to a crawl.
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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 73 moviegoers:
TEENS: About half the males loved "US," with another 30% enjoying it very much. The remaining males felt it was an enjoyable movie, but nothing special or memorable ("Good/Average"). Six of the seven females loved it. Looking at the older female groups, it's apparent this is a movie enjoyed mostly by younger viewers.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Three of the six males loved it with the remaining three rating it "Good/Average," (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Just over half the ladies either loved "US" or enjoyed it very much. The remaining reviews were only "Good/Average."
ADULTS: It's apparent that the males enjoyed this movie more than the females, which is a bit unusual for a scary/horror movie. Half the males indicated that they loved "US," with another 35% rating it "Above Average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Less than 20% rated it as low as "Good/Average." As for the ladies, their reviews are very mixed, to say the least. About 40% loved "US" or enjoyed it very much, but another 40% didn't enjoy it much at all.