Directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan, the psychological thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ premiered at the Venice International Film Festival premiered, and the word-of-mouth was not good.
Currently ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is 45% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (19 reviews 8 fresh and 11 bad), and MTC is 49 (21 reviews 5 good, 16 medium and 0 bad).
‘Entertainment Weekly’: No matter that the film has a bunch of ideas about love, gender constructions and modern life, it never really gets beyond a moodboard parody of ‘The Stepford Wives’, dear, a film that looks wicked and pretty and in the end is a load of bollocks.
‘Little White Lies’: A raw, uninspired story about “escaping the patriarchy” that has been told before and told better.
‘The Daily Telegraph’: The kind of “lively, funny and understandable” blockbuster studio film that’s been dying out since the 1990s.
‘Total Film’: shows that the director has both control and commercial vision.
‘IndieWire’: If this movie is really about “female pleasure”, then we don’t want to see Wilde make another movie about female pain.
This one is painful enough.
Deadline’: On its own, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is actually quite entertaining if you’re in the mood, even if Wilde’s sugar-coated psychological thriller doesn’t significantly rewrite any of the rules of the genre.
Time’: The film’s biggest problem is that it ends up in the wrong place. It could have been a moderately effective anti-Utopia thriller, but the sudden sharp turn to start shouting about feminism seems patchwork and reckless.
The story follows a housewife and her husband living in a Utopia-esque experimental community in the 1950s California desert, where she begins to worry that his immensely attractive company may be hiding disturbing secrets.