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A woman's friendship with a new co-worker at the prison facility where she works takes a sinister turn. (R, 98 min.)


Friday, December 15, 2023


Based on the book of the same name by literary powerhouse Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen follows a peculiar young woman whose dreary life stretches on toward unending misery. In frigid 1960s Boston, Eileen (Thomasin McKenzie) shuffles between her father’s dingy, emotionally haunted home and the prison where she works alongside colleagues who have ostracized her. When an intoxicating woman (Anne Hathaway) joins the prison staff, Eileen is taken. Just when the possibility of a salvational friendship (or maybe more) takes hold and forms a singular glimmer in Eileen’s darkness, her newfound confidant entangles her in a shocking crime that alters all.

Starring: Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway
Director: William Oldroyd
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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"Sultry, sinister, and wholly surprising."

— Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

"Eileen is a stylish and wild ride that never lets up."

— Murtada Elfadl, AV Club

"For all its heavy themes it's also a surprisingly funny movie, shot through with visual wit and off-kilter comedy."

— Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"McKenzie and Hathaway are superb as women subverting the prison of expectations — especially the viewer’s."

— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"Offering beauty and strength in an oppressed and marginalized world, Eileen breaks the boundaries of perceived power."

— Sabina Dana Plasse, Film Threat

"The film is a pulpy phantasmagoria of fear and desire, offering visions of queer ecstasy within the confines of multiple prisons."

— Kyle Turner, Slant Magazine

"Oldroyd attacks with a pace that makes his plot twists more shocking and shows an economy that harks back to the golden age of noir."

— Screen Daily, Amber Wilkinson

"Oldroyd is clearly a master assembler of styles, but he never lets his vision outshine the wonderful central performances at the movie’s core."

— Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire

"It’s both a tour de force for a cast led by Thomasin McKenzie and a sign that Oldroyd hasn’t lost his unsettling touch in the seven years since his last film."

— Steve Pond, TheWrap

"Eileen could not be more of a cross between the midcentury noir of Patricia Highsmith and Jim Thompson if Carol had conceived a child with The Killer Inside Me."

— Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Rippling with sly humor and a bold command of the tropes of classic Hitchcockian suspense, this is a twisty and beguiling original, led by contrasting but expertly synced performances from Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway."

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"If you loved the chaotic moxie Anne Hathaway brought to Colossal (Opens in a new window)or her campy femme fatale turn in the undersung Serenity, then you will absolutely scream as a rushed confession spills like red wine, dark and damning."

— Kristy Puchko, Mashable

"The formal rigor that made Oldroyd’s 'Lady Macbeth' such a striking debut is in evidence here throughout, but this time that directorial precision is applied to a narrative of bold, even garish ambition, which 'Eileen' conceals, along with its unhinged heart, beneath a controlled, placid exterior."

— Jessica Kiang, Variety