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The Estate

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United Kingdom · 2022
1h 31m
Director Dean Craig
Starring Toni Collette, Anna Faris, David Duchovny, Rosemarie DeWitt
Genre Comedy, Drama

When two sisters learn that their wealthy and estranged aunt is terminally ill, they see it as an opportunity to get their inheritance and rescue their dying café. They plan to improve their bitter relationship and cater to their aunt’s needs, but when they arrive at their aunt’s estate they find that they are not the only ones in the family with shifted morals, with their cousins also having formed a similar plan.

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Collider by Chase Hutchinson

Though it doesn’t have the audacity to close when it should with its characters at their very lowest, The Estate is still proper fun in seeing a deeply improper family tear each other apart.


TheWrap by Fran Hoepfner

It would be one thing if the film was fully committed to its nastiness — a type of comedy we don’t see much of these days at all — but “The Estate” is too often hampered by its own self-awareness.


Paste Magazine by Jesse Hassenger

Without any actual classicism to accompany Craig’s outdated notions of outrageousness, the movie quickly turns fustier than its edgy posturing lets on. Craig simply watches a bunch of selfish people behave badly in predictable ways, and occasionally has them lunge at each other in anger. How perfectly droll!


IndieWire by Jude Dry

It takes truly terrible script to make such charming and accomplished comedic actors seems so wooden and lifeless.


The A.V. Club by Mark Keizer

The execution is where it’s lacking: the wit, the timing, the headlong comic drive, and the ability to make us laugh at actions and dialogue that, in any other context, would be rude or distasteful.


The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

This is a comedy that takes a vicious, over-the-top look at family greed, and fortunately, the cast members are game to play their characters’ attempts at flattery in the most unflattering manner possible.


Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Writer-director Dean Craig gathers a winning ensemble for his dark comedy and, intermittently, the characters’ rank awfulness is a joy to behold. But despite boasting a fair amount of snide one-liners and a general air of gleeful misanthropy, the film ends up becoming strained and predictable, not quite liberating or shocking enough.

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