What Do Critics Think of the Movie Adaptation of The Humans? | Playbill

The Verdict What Do Critics Think of the Movie Adaptation of The Humans? The film arrives in theatres and on Showtime November 24.

Ever since its September premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, reviews for the film adaptation of The Humans have been trickling in. It arrives in theatres and on Showtime November 24, just in time for Thanksgiving (the holiday during which the Tony-winning play is set).

The film stars Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, and Jayne Houdyshell; the last reprises her Tony-winning role from the Broadway production. Stephen Karam adapted and directed his play for the screen.

Read the reviews below.

The Atlantic (David Sims)

Austin Chronicle (Trace Sauveur)

The Daily Beast (Kevin Fallon)

Deadline (Todd McCarthy)

The Guardian (Benjamin Lee)

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

IndieWire (David Ehrlich)

The New York Times (Jeannette Catsoulis)

San Francsico Chronicle (Mick LaSalle)

Slant Magazine (Keith Watson)

Thrillist (Esther Zuckerman)

Vanity Fair (Richard Lawson)

Variety (Peter Debruge)

The Washington Post (Ann Hornaday)

The Wrap (Robert Abele)

Playbill will continue to update this page as more critics publish their thoughts.

Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.

The play debuted Off-Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2015 before transferring to Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, followed by a run at a second Broadway house: the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

(This article was originally published September 13, 2021, and has since been updated to reflect the film's theatrical and streaming release)

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