SMP’s review published on Letterboxd:
What an incredible slow burn for something so....undercooked. Can’t help but feel this film peaked with the intro, which drowned me the same way Hereditary did. Everything that follows is a great but fruitless buildup for a finale that just can’t live up to the hype. The biggest disappointment here is that it’s a remarkably straightforward film. It all plays out exactly as you’d expect. If you’ve seen even one folk horror—you know which one—you pretty much get the gist. No alarms and no surprises.
I suppose the draw here is all the meticulous research they put into the pageantry, but that fixation on authenticity also blew this film waaaaaaay out of proportion. Very very few horror films can sustain two and a half hours, and the amount of exposition here is completely counter to that.
Florence Pugh was fantastic though and performances were solid all around, but they just weren’t working with the same depth of material.