A lonely widow stalks a young woman.
Isabelle Huppert has chosen to make a schlocky potboiler, and the result “winds up being far more enjoyable than it has any right to be,” said Peter Debruge in Variety. The acclaimed French actress plays the title character, a lonely widow we meet when a young waitress finds a handbag on the New York City subway and returns it to Greta at her home. Over tea, the two connect, but Greta quickly turns obsessive about her new friend. As soon as Chloë Grace Moretz’s Frances discovers that Greta had planted the purse as bait, “you know exactly where this one’s headed.” Greta turns out to be an all-out villain, and “it’s a genuine pleasure to watch Huppert sink into the role,” said Katherine Murray in PopMatters.com. The plot makes sense only if you believe cops can’t intervene when a stalker issues threats, but the movie is a wild ride. By the time it reaches its insane ending, “you have little choice but to embrace it for the bloody hoot it is,” said Steve Pond in TheWrap.com. So what’s Huppert doing here? “She’s having fun, dammit, just like the audience.” ■