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Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.


  • Bill Camp
  • Raffey Cassidy
  • Denise Dal Vera
  • Colin Farrell
  • Barry Keoghan
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Sunny Suljic
  • Ming Wang
  • Barry G. Bernson

Atom User Reviews

3.7 out of 5
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want my money back

Debbie H
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A masterpiece of a film.

Edgar H


Nov 2, 2017

Farrell delivers his lines with the same replicant monotone he used in The Lobster. And Kidman, the only cast member who expresses recognizably human emotions, extends her recent hot streak. But even she’s not enough to give this head-scratcher any real life.

Metacritic review by Chris Nashawaty
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
Oct 24, 2017

In his most bracing and maddening morality tale yet, Lanthimos doesn’t so much paint himself into a corner as he runs into it, headlong, dragging us with him all the way.

Metacritic review by Michael O'Sullivan
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Oct 19, 2017

“Sacred Deer” feels like a dark, opaque bit of folklore transplanted into an off-kilter modern setting.

Metacritic review by A.O. Scott
A.O. Scott
The New York Times