‘Vivarium’ is On the Nose

Ninety-eight minutes is too long for this story.

Sarah Callen
Movies & Us
Published in
3 min readApr 16, 2024

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Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg in Vivarium | Credit: Vertigo Films, Angel Films
Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg in Vivarium | Credit: Vertigo Films, Angel Films

A young couple looking for a house gets trapped in a mysterious neighborhood they can’t escape from.

I wanted to like Vivarium. There are some cool and important ideas, but they’re not explored all that well, and the film is kind of a slog to get through. The characters are living through what feels like a…

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Sarah Callen
Movies & Us

Every number has a name, every name has a story, every story is worthy of being shared.