Rossy de Palma is great but she’s not in enough scenes to salvage a movie that lacks substance and focus.
The muddling of historical fiction with the Grand Guignol is an uneven mix that never fully gels.
The movie works as a tightly-plotted excursion into the terror that evolves when circumstances prod normal people to commit ugly acts.
The movie is all about the nonstop dialogue but, as a result of the way the words flow, they function as momentum builders.
It’s unlikely that watching this film will become the next great holiday tradition.
Takes a hard look at the system of racial inequality that defined this era and reminds viewers of the price for surrendering to our base instincts.
A little like "The Purge" in an office building with the best moments coming in the early-going.
Branagh’s workmanlike interpretation will be met with different reactions from those who are familiar with the ending and those who aren’t.
By limiting the film’s time frame, we get a distinct snapshot of the main character and the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.
Functions more as a diversion than a fully satisfying motion picture, although, for something streaming on Netflix, a “diversion” is usually good enough.