A well-acted but ramshackle mess.
Nigel Floyd, Time Out, 2011-11-22
Was the screenplay, credited to David Loucka, this schizophrenic from the beginning? Or was some major tampering/reworking done at some point?
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2011-10-02
The film's ambitions are woefully small and familiar.
Tasha Robinson, AV Club, 2011-10-01
This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2011-10-01
While Will and Libby struggle to adjust their thinking caps, the viewer already knows, thanks to the tell-all trailer, the reason for much of the confusion.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2011-09-30
This crackpot thriller from the usually competent Jim Sheridan leaves only one mystery unsolved: what on earth was he thinking?
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2011-09-30
Daniel Craig does everything to dispel comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with a finely tuned performance, but the film flattens as it tries to explain his character's psychological state.
Robert Koehler, Variety, 2011-09-30
Sheridan's pacing is turgid and mournful, which lends the story -- sort of like The Shining crossed with Gothika during a sleepover stop at The Amityville Horror -- an air of ponderousness.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2011-09-30
Sheridan can't ever quite get hold of the tone and falls back on a default dreaminess (the little girls play a shaky rendition of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" more than once) that never quite convinces.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 2011-09-30
Despite the talent involved, this is more a snooze than a dream.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2011-09-30
There are probably some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories that would explain why Dream House is such a ruined pile of nonsense.
Eric D. Snider, Film.com, 2011-09-30
The only thing it haunts you with is: What the heck happened to Jim Sheridan?
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2011-09-30
Sheridan's tale soon segues into an unevenly paced whodunit pockmarked with lame CG nightmare sequences and populated by hollow ciphers whose every word and action is less believable than the last.
Nick Schager, Village Voice, 2011-09-30
The premise and the execution hold a lot of promise, but the film's climactic reveal will be incredibly obvious to anyone paying even the slightest amount of attention.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2011-09-30