Kindred banks on its refined atmosphere and all-too-real story to keep its audience invested, which works to a degree because the film itself is beautifully made, but satisfaction with the ending may vary across horror diehards.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney
Smart and unsettling psychological thriller.
Screen Daily by Fionnuala Halligan
A drama that simmers away on repression but never comes to a fully satisfying boil.
The New York Times by Glenn Kenny
A derivative, irritating thriller.
The imagery and impact of Kindred is impressive, and while it may not stick the landing, the path there is well worth flying.
Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray
In the end, what we’re left with is an exceptionally well-acted motion picture that mostly fails to move.
It’s difficult to shake that the film finishes saying what it has to say long before it staggers to the end.
It’s not just that Kindred doesn’t go full “Rosemary’s Baby” with why these strangers want her to have her baby at home where they can get at it, or that we get little clear notion of why they won’t let her “Get Out.” It’s that the movie has very little, suspense and thrills-wise, to offer instead.
RogerEbert.com by Simon Abrams
The most frustrating thing about the British prenatal horror movie Kindred is not that it’s impersonal, but rather that it’s not personal enough.