This atmospheric mystery/thriller is in most ways an excellent film. The setting is vivid and is used effectively in many scenes. The characters have a lot of depth. The story itself is suspenseful, as one revelation after another is carefully revealed. However, the story also has a few weak points that keep this film from being a classic--but they are not enough to keep it from being worth seeing if you like old-fashioned mystery/thrillers.
Despite revolving around dark secrets and murders, this film is not violent, and hints at the violence rather than showing it in most cases. There are several scenes with passionate kissing. The teenagers in this film, both the good and the bad, tend towards the rebellious and reckless rather than the wise, though the good teenagers mainly succumb to this due to moments of bad writing and are less so in general.