As of this writing, “The Lady within the Window,” on the day of its premiere, has a ranking of simply 30% (although the viewers ranking goes as excessive as 74%). In the end, because the crucial consensus reads, “A milquetoast and muddled thriller that drowns in its frenzied homages, ‘The Lady within the Window’ could have audiences closing their curtains.”
A number of critics, together with writers from big publications, bought extra particular. As Owen Gleiberman at Selection put it, “‘The Lady within the Window’ wish to be a contempo “Rear Window,” but it surely’s so riddled with issues you may’t purchase that it performs like a nasty Brian De Palma film minus the digicam motion.” In the meantime, NPR’s Linda Holmes remarked, “They may get away with the acquainted plot if there have been slightly extra dimension to those characters …. As it’s, you get an excellent forged working with an excellent director and screenwriter on a narrative that simply does not have sufficient to supply.”
Richard Lawson at Vainness Honest lamented what might have been, writing, “It is a boondoggle we in all probability ought to have seen coming. However possibly we will all be forgiven for some determined magical considering throughout our very long time of confinement, gazing exterior and on the lookout for one thing, something, that may make life a bit extra thrilling.” In the meantime, New York Occasions critic A.O. Scott was way more blunt: “The result’s one thing that intermittently seems to be and seems like an excellent film with out ever truly being one.”
Kate Erbland at Indiewire was equally snarky, writing, “It is the cinematic equal of a window not price opening. Pull the drapes closed, it is curtains for this one.” Nonetheless, Richard Roeper on the Chicago Solar-Occasions recommended the movie might be improved with the correct circumstances, saying, “Perhaps – JUST MAYBE – should you pour simply the correct glass of wine or glowing water and also you’re within the temper for a howler of a movie that virtually dares you to speak again to the display, you may sit by means of this with out desirous to scream. Perhaps.”
“The Lady within the Window” is streaming on Netflix now.