dresan19’s review published on Letterboxd:
Entertaining maybe, but also lacking crucial authenticity.. This one here is a film that can surely be called pretentious. This became very visible on many occasions throughout the film. I am talking about the exaggerated soundtrack, on terms of how it was supposed to seem dramatic, but also in terms of volume, admittedly less frequently. however, THIS IS JUST AS THE BOOK. Nature is a beautiful thing and the book describes various themes within nature beautifully, give us an appreciation for the beauty in the inexplicable.
The main issues were the slow pacing and overstuffed 125 runtime based on the screenplay's minimalistic substance. The book had more in-depth characters, plotting and setting, while the writing and directing here felt too clean, too polished and lacked enthusiasm and punch. That rendered it a little bland, predictable, and uninspiring. There were many lost opportunities to get dark, grimy and edgy, which is what this story really needed.
The cinematography and score were on point, and the casting and performances were decent, especially Daisy Edgar-Jones. I feel the film critics were way too hard on this one, because I still enjoyed it, and I've read the book. If you haven't read the novel and you can be patient, this mystery-romance film is a great one-time watch.