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It was inevitable that Nursery was going to split opinion down the middle when it was released for mass consumption in March 2020, and early reactions emanating from the previous year’s Cannes Film Festival premiere hinted that the surreal sci-fi psychological horror wasn’t going to be for everyone.
Indeed, that discord has been reflected in the reactions of critics and the public. on rotten tomatoes, Nursery It has a stellar 72 percent score, but has been downvoted by users at a less than impressive 38 percent. On Metacritic, the two sides of the divide are once again at loggerheads at 64/100 and 5.2/10 respectively, while nearly 60,000 IMDb votes have settled at 5.8/10.
Yet despite its polarizing nature, co-writer/director Lorcan Finnegan’s mind-blowing journey into an idyllic existential nightmare has become popular with streaming subscribers this weekend. According to FlixPatrol, Nursery has hit the Top 10 on Prime Video in multiple countries, which will no doubt have a whole new set of viewers debating its pros and cons.
Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots play a young couple looking to buy a starter home, where a suspiciously offbeat real estate agent takes them to the quaint Yonder estate. It sounds too good to be true, and of course it turns out to be just as the increasingly exasperated duo find themselves seemingly trapped in a labyrinthine hell of identical properties from which they can never escape.
It’s weird, occasionally wonderful, and regularly frustrating, but one thing Nursery definitely cannot be faulted for its ambition.