Parents' Guide to

House at the End of the Street

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dumb thriller will disappoint Hunger Games fans.

Movie PG-13 2012 101 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

its boring dont waste ur time

its just dumb and stupid i cant believe jennifer lawrence would star in this. i love suspence movies but a snail in an ice storm moves faster than this movie. there are a few kissing parts but like the love story is ridiculous srsly dont waste ur time
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age 13+

Corny Thriller Film Has A "Psycho-Like" Finale

The film House at the End of the Street is a little slow. It takes almost an hour of the film to build up the actual thrilling part. The story was good up until the ending which raises tons of questions left unanswered. Although a little confusing and off it is quite a thriller with a good twist in the story. There isn't as much violence that is expected in a thriller film, but it does provide. Nothing sexual and I don't think I heard more than a pair of curse words. But it wasn't totally amazing and was a solid meh all the run-through.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (38):

This is one of those movies in which the nonsensical plot disintegrates the moment anyone starts asking questions. In 2011, another David Loucka screenplay, Dream House, attracted a top-notch cast and was turned into a terrible thriller. Amazingly, the exact same thing has now happened with another Loucka project, also with "House" in the title. The movie requires the characters to act stupidly to help move things forward, and if they had seen any other movies, they would know not to do these things.

Worse, the antagonist seems to have supernatural powers at various points -- able to sneak up on people or dispatch well-trained opponents -- but at other times is unable to hear characters creaking up the stairs. Oddly, the two Oscar-nominated leads, Shue and Lawrence, are quite affecting in the movie's straightforward scenes of character development. If HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET had only left all the dumb thriller stuff behind and concentrated on a mother-daughter drama, it might have gone somewhere.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 21, 2012
  • On DVD or streaming: January 8, 2013
  • Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot
  • Director: Mark Tonderai
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors
  • Studio: Relativity Media
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material
  • Last updated: February 25, 2023

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