The Nest

 (1,829)6.31 h 47 min2020X-RayR
A beautiful young wife (Carrie Coon) begins to see through the social-climbing facade of her entrepreneur husband (Jude Law) in this tense domestic thriller from the director of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE.
Sean Durkin
Jude LawCarrie CoonAnne Reid
SuspenseDramaArts, Entertainment, and Culture
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Charlie ShotwellOona RocheMichael CulkinAdeel AkhtarWendy Crewson
Ed GuineyDerrin SchlesingerRose GarnettSean DurkinAmy JacksonChristina Piovesan
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3.4 out of 5 stars

1829 global ratings

  1. 35% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 17% of reviews have 1 stars

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Alexis C. JollyReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsBergman-esque
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This was actually a 4.5/5 out 5 for me, but I rounded up to balance out all the ludicrous "top reviews" below. I don't usually bother to rate on Amazon, but when I see so much drivel being spouted, a fella's gotta act. This movie is the rarest of things -- a bleak, stylized, hauntingly realized family drama. It's like The Shining with the supernatural elements stripped out, featuring outstanding performances, photography, and overall direction. I'm not sure what all these one-star reviewers were expecting from this based on the trailer, but maybe stick to the MCU from now on.
71 people found this helpful
Buzz AdvertReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Movie for lovers of cinema
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A solid 4 1/2 stars for a great study of character, relationships, and family disintegration in the go-go ‘80s, a boom time when not everyone made it all of the time. It’s the tone, screenplay, cinematography that make it work. Yes, the performances are an integral part of the package, but as with any good movie you don’t watch it to watch the actors act; you watch it for the whole, which is more dependent on the director. Fans of Curaon’s “Roma” will be able to handle “The Nest,” with its static camera that slowly zooms; its fly on the wall point of view with minimal edits, it’s full shots that rarely include close ups. It may be slow and bleak but every scene is freighted with meaning and it never bores; every scene is consequential and adds to the whole. To add to its stripped down approach, the film has no soundtrack. Though plenty of ‘80s music like New Order, The Cure, Bronski Beat, The Psychedlic Furs, and Simply Red show up inside the drama, mostly compliments of the disgruntled daughter.

The one star reviewers are probably mostly people for whom this simply isn’t their cup of tea. Like someone who watches a horror film and cries foul because movies shouldn’t do that. If they had more self-awareness, they’d be aware of their aesthetic values and be able to explain in order to enlighten others. But alas, like the main character in the film, they (most of them) know not who they are.
33 people found this helpful
BubblesReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsAn ominous, accelerating, runaway train of a marriage
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This is a deliciously atmospheric, almost gothic family drama. I say "almost" because the writers never resort to genre tropes or cheap startles, yet the suspense builds from the opening scene. Subtle and unsubtle "gut punches" raise the stakes to the hold-your-breath point as the family begins to self-destruct in earnest. As others have mentioned, the acting is excellent, and the (natural light?) cinematography casts their lives in an appropriately ominous pall.

I can't explain all the dismal reviews, unless those folks were looking for a "Gone Girl"-style domestic crime story. The Nest is a realist drama involving a much more common but equally insidious psychological malignancy.

On a personal note: The Nest is an exaggerated version of my own marriage, and it was surprisingly cathartic to see someone else navigate a narcissist's implosion ("anti-gaslighting therapy").
24 people found this helpful
pbkReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't waste your time.
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This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It's a slow, plodding sequence of disparate scenes that I really wouldn't call much of a plot.
22 people found this helpful
H.B. ScribblerReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Nest was a really good movie.
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This movie was excellent. I couldn't look away from Jude Law and Carrie Coon. They sizzled. They reminded me of Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet in the film adaptation of Revolutionary Road. They weren't quite as good as Dicaprio and Winslet but they were very nearly close. We haven't been treated to this type of art house storytelling since before the pandemic, and I was like a starving woman at a banquet. If you like quality, realistic films with fabulous acting and strong messages about life, values, relationships, and society, then you will enjoy this movie. If you're one of those who are addicted to super heros and sci-fi tech, then it's not your cup of tea. I give it four stars and suggest you check it out.
19 people found this helpful
StuartReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsTerrible script. Miserable movie.
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This was a pretty miserable movie. Sl ow, depressing, and no amount of great acting could save the script. Really awful.
21 people found this helpful
M. McCannReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsLet me save you some time and money
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The acting is good, very good. If you want to watch actors acting, this is for you! But nothing happens. NOTHING HAPPENS. There is no plot, no story, it's just a character study.
17 people found this helpful
P FReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsWaste of time
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Very slow and boring and a total waste of time!!
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