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Girl in the Basement (2021)

Crime | Thriller 
Rayting:   6.4/10 5.3K votes
Country: USA
Language: English
Release date: February 27, 2021

Sarah is a teen girl who is looking forward to her 18th birthday to move away from her controlling father Don. But before she could even blow out the candles, Don imprisons her in the basement of their home.

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hansbuiskool 1 March 2021

Terrible acting (especially by the dad) TV drama of extremely mediocre quality standards. Only just bearable in under half an hour, with the fast forward button at hand.

Top_Dawg_Critic 19 April 2021

Why would they hire actress Elisabeth Röhm, to direct this film, when she's never been behind a camera before? This was such a troubling and horrific true story event, it needed professionals to tell it. The screenplay was on point, but Röhm's failure to direct her cast and scenes properly, really failed this film. Performances were adequate to decent, but that was strictly from the merits of the actors following a screenplay. Stefanie Scott's performance got better as the movie progressed, but I'm sure that was due to her getting comfortable with her character. Even Judd Nelson's performance was stale and amateurish, that with a better director, he would've shined. Had a seasoned director been involved, this could've been much more gut-wrenching and epic film. Nevertheless, it's a story that needed to be told, and I'm glad it was; It was a bold move for Lifetime to produce this. I just wish it was told in a better way. It's a generous 6/10 from me.

svader 13 March 2021

What is this supposed to be?

Terrible acting by father, daughter and the main character . . .by everyone in fact.

Typical Lifetime movie. Easy watching whilst taking a Mensa test or doing something else less boring.

How stupid . . Mum to daughter " what do you think dad does in the basement all the while"? . .Daughter . . .no idea . .Mum "well I'm not going down there as I hate rats". Just dumb. How would you possibly not know your husband has built a full on bomb shelter under the house.

Apparently this is based on Fritzl. The only comparison is the daughters age and her being locked in. Other than that the horror of Fritzl is not shown here and is just bad. Sorry reviewers who have given this 7/8/9 or 10 must have spent their time watching cartoons all of their lives.

Also 17/18 years in the basement and emerges the same age . . . .

chrisquirk-09004 24 March 2021

Bad acting with annoying music which i suppose is tp add a tense fee, but it seems out of place and cheap. Don't waste your time!

mja58 1 March 2021

This did not come off like the usual Lifetime movie - my comments:

1. Nice to see Judd Nelson working, though the part of the dad is light years away from the Breakfast Club. 2. Though there was not a lot of it, the violence was shocking. 3. The dad character was completely unsympathetic. 4. The ending was satisfying, yet left a lot of questions.

damyanov-37795 4 March 2021

This movie is a must watch, so that people can finally wake up and see that life is not only sunshine and rainbows.

This movie tells the story in a very good way, that keeps your attention throuout the very end.

I live in Austria, so this hits even harder. If this movie/story taught me anything ... it is to not trust anyone, even your closest ones.

Always question everything.

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