Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Revolving around the trauma of a grieving family, Hereditary finds New York native Ari Aster writing and directing a supernatural horror film which manages to competently unite a palpable sense of psychological foreboding with characteristics of body horror to yield significant results.
The screenplay shrewdly taps into traditional horror tropes while constructing them with such a posture that they foster management to deviate from them quite substantially in ways which are both commendable and dramatic. It's a distinctive spin on the quintessential family horror anecdote, and it develops at a well managed unhurried velocity which is underpinned by Colin Stetson's wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack.
Audiences widely celebrated Toni Collette's portrayal of miniature artist Annie Graham, and rightfully so, as she struggles to deal with the loss of her mother together with the consequential pain; her performance carries the dramatic elements of the narrative superbly. The tragic family circumstances arrange in creating a considerable horror treat, and this performed as a great calling card for Aster as a favourable new filmmaker within the horror genre which he cemented with the magnificent folk-horror Midsommar.