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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2018
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  • Summary: After a tragedy at Emma's (Mckenna Grace) school, her father (Rob Lowe) beings to question if his perfect daughter had something to do with it in this remake of the 1956 horror film directed by Lowe.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Horror
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  1. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 7, 2018
    50
    [Rob Lowe as director] generates a few moments of eerie suspense, and one or two silly-scary scenes produce the right combination of gasps and laughter. He also gets a sturdy, believably perplexed performance from his leading man. Even better is Grace.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Sep 10, 2018
    42
    This cardboard-cutout quality extends to the dialogue scenes between the adult actors, where Lowe’s inexperience as a director really shows. ... The only really convincing acting in the film is in the scenes between Lowe and Grace, a couple of which are compelling enough to almost redeem the film as a whole.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea Reiher
    Sep 7, 2018
    40
    It suffers from being neither dark enough nor campy enough--either choice would have been a lot more enjoyable. But it is stuck in a middle area that is devoid of over-the-top absurdity or any real darkness.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Sep 10, 2018
    40
    Grace’s performance is the only element of the film that seems campy by intent--she is delightful as a tyke who sets a murderous scheme in motion and then kicks back with a juice box. ... A taste for in-jokes may indicate the film’s cognizance that it cannot be taken too seriously. ... [Lowe] is merely coasting along as a heartthrob emeritus.
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