Midsommar follows Dani and Christian, a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.
What do critics say about Midsommar?
From the director who brought cinemas Hereditary last year, Ari Aster’s Midsommar hits cinemas on July 3, 2019.
Reviews have, so far, been positive and the film has an 89 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
Metacritic, which scores films with a weighted average, gives Midsommar 69 indicating generally favourable reviews.
David Edelstein for New York Magazine/Vulture
Perhaps Midsommar doesn’t jell because its impulses are so bifurcated.
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Joshua Rothkopf for Time Out
A savage yet evolved slice of Swedish folk-horror, Ari Aster’s hallucinatory follow-up to Hereditary proves him a horror director with no peer.
Candice Frederick for TheWrap
While his previous feature offered an unwavering look at the splintering of one family, Midsommar compartmentalizes Dani’s grief (and refuses even to bother explaining the murders) as it pivots away from it both tonally and narratively.
Eric Kohn for indieWire
What a blast to watch this emerging auteur mess around.
John DeFore for the Hollywood Reporter
More unsettling than frightening, it’s still a trip worth taking.
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Andrew Barker for Variety
Once the real fireworks start to ignite, you realize how powerfully the film’s themes resonate when they’re given room to breathe. It’s just a shame it takes so long to bring them into focus.
Rodrigo Perez for The Playlist
Midsommar is its own kind of cautionary tale, a floral, psychedelic, “He’s Just Not That Into You” for movie-going culture.
David Crow for Den of Geek
What’s most unnerving about this oversaturated, leafy green hell is that if you spend enough time with them, their traditions are more than inviting to contemporary eyes; they’re intoxicating.
Trace Thurman for Consequence of Sound
Though it’s not outright scary, Midsommar will no doubt unsettle even the most steeled of viewers. It will also satiate those who may have feared a sophomore slump from Aster.
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Chris Evangelista for Slashfilm
Aster’s latest, the folk-horror extravaganza Midsommar, is unquestionably a scary movie. And yet, it’s also surprisingly hilarious.
Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair
Midsommar is a shocking piece of filmmaking-unnervingly competent even when the film yaws into silliness, even when it risks tedium.
Tim Grierson for Screen International
Sometimes hypnotic, sometimes overcooked, always intriguing, Midsommar occasionally falls flat, but Florence Pugh holds the film together – especially when its plotting stumbles or its shocks grow predictable.
Midsommar is out in cinemas on July 3, 2019.