Parents' Guide to

The Disappointments Room

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent haunted-house movie lives up to its title.

Movie R 2016 100 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

I loved this much

i enjoy any work done by W. Miller. i follow all his projects and i find them just amazing. everyone of us can understand diffrently the point of a movie or a story, but there is always a sparkle in everything good or bad. so, for those who think that this is a bad movie, i tell you guys to watch it again and see if, maybe, you missed the point. All the respect for the cast, producers and writers. a great job done one more time.

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age 18+


Vile, for anyone who loves cats don't watch! It shows you a dead cat on screen Disappointed...

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Even though it stars an accomplished actress and has an intriguing design, this haunted-house movie doesn't have much to offer. The Disappointments Room's scares, mysteries, and character relationships are all numbingly routine. Director D.J. Caruso unsuccessfully mirrors The Shining with a few shots and uses the old "it was all a dream" trick a few too many times. Even the legend behind the title -- a "disappointments room" is supposedly a place where rich people once hid their socially unacceptable offspring -- isn't really explored beyond a few gruesome photos of deformed children.

Beckinsale does her best as the suffering mother, and Dana's drunk ranting scene looks like it must have been fun to play, but ultimately the movie doesn't give her anywhere to go with her anguish. David is written sympathetically, but English actor Raido plays him with an irritating, high-pitched Brooklyn accent that makes him seem insensitive. Bottom line? The Disappointments Room comes across as a movie with very little thought or enthusiasm put into it and only disappointment at the end.

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