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The Glass Castle (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Glass Castle has an affecting real-life story and a hard-working cast in its corner, but they aren't enough to outweigh a fundamentally misguided approach to the material.

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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar (R) winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

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Brie Larson
as Jeanette Walls
Woody Harrelson
as Rex Walls
Naomi Watts
as Rose Mary Walls
Sarah Snook
as Lori Wells

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Critic Reviews for The Glass Castle

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (43)

Woody Harrelson gives a performance of borderline unwatchable hamminess in this really tiresome film, which sentimentally neutralises parental abuse into a supposedly fascinating angel/devil split.

October 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A flinty central turn from Brie Larson and a gregarious yet nonetheless repellent Woody Harrelson are the cornerstones of a family drama about alcoholism and parental abuse that refuses to rest on easy platitudes and psychological certainties.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film's sentimental instincts jar so awkwardly with its pain that the push for some final uplift feels unmistakably forced.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's TV-movie-ish in parts, but the actors have a whale of a time.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An emotional family saga peppered with relatable themes.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What we are left with is a family saga which is far more dispiriting than uplifting and which often makes very grim viewing.

October 4, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Glass Castle


The story of a very unusual family plays on two time frames, with the emphasis on the past for quite a while. Harrelson is fantastic, of course, but so are the child actors. There are slow moments, but overall the story remains fascinating, never entirely judging the unconventional parents, always on the fence between failure and deep love. The fact that the pendulum ultimately falls very clearly on one of the two sides makes for a pretty touching ending, too.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Based on a best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle is a compelling character drama about family. As newspaper columnist Jeannette Walls prepares to start a new life with her fiancé she struggles to break free from her homeless parents whose bohemian lifestyle constantly kept them on the move and in poverty throughout her childhood. Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts, the film has a strong cast that gives some really good performances (especial Harrelson). And the script is incredibly well-written; telling parallel stories in the past and present that are both engaging and enhance each other, creating suspense and intrigue. However, the epilogue-ish ending seems forces and kind of counters a lot of the dramatic conflict and character growth. Yet despite its few weaknesses, The Glass Castle is a remarkably touching film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Interesting true story, but honestly wore it's welcome out halfway through. I cared enough to finish it, but it was 2 hours that felt like 3.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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