A Field in England Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
With some semblance of coherence among the [psychedelic] imagery, A Field In England might have been something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
February 20, 2014
Even when it includes a dose of dark humor and an admirable sense of craftsmanship, watching other people alter their state of consciousness is rarely a rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
July 7, 2013
Almost unbearable.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 26, 2013
It's not a particularly successful question mark, though your mileage may vary on its interpretational qualities. After all, people can pull meaning out of anything, which is likely Wheatley's intent with this tiring film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
Like being punched in the face by your best friend for no reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
February 6, 2014
Things get murky, even though very little actually happens.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
July 11, 2013
This is a film fumbling for meaning along with its protagonists.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 13, 2014
It's dementia for its own sake, an empty head-trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Formo
CraveOnline
February 7, 2014
The maddest thing about this mad, mad movie: it has no reason to be consistent. But somehow it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2014
Ben Wheatley's film is a reckless combination of period piece, war drama, broad comedy, psychedelic fever dream, and occult horror-scape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bram E. Gieben
The Skinny
July 3, 2013
It bears several of Wheatley's stylstic trademarks - dry, sardonically witty dialogue; stomach-churning violence; and a painterly eye for the English countryside - but achieves something quite different from his first three features.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
February 12, 2014
[A Field in England] demonstrates how genuinely spellbinding cinema can be when it's wielded by an artist who doesn't so much play by his own rules as forego such restrictions entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
July 5, 2013
Imagine attempting a super-low-budget, rapidly shot mashup of the melancholic aesthetic of Ingmar Bergman, the comedic sensibility of Mel Brooks and the tonal uneasiness of Lars Von Trier...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
July 8, 2013
A Field In England is bold, experimental and unapologetically a work of strong, abstract surrealism. All the tenants of Wheatley's cinema are present but the film demonstrates his desire to avoid being pigeonholed as a one note filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
July 3, 2013
However by whatever means you decide to watch this film, in the cinema or in the comfort of your living room, just be sure you pay this field a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Northmore
The List
July 2, 2013
It doesn't offer easy answers, but for many its unique take on British folklore will prove Wheatley is one of the most fascinating directors currently at work in the UK.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 5, 2013
Seeping up Laurie Rose's crisp monochrome shots of gnarled wanderers, the tolerant viewer may allow vaulting comparisons with Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
The trippiest historical horror film ever made?
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
February 4, 2014
The film, Wheatley's fourth, feels both reckless yet fully controlled, a jest that's dead serious in the manner of Yorick's skull, which gets a sort of cameo in the final act.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
February 6, 2014
Prepare to be mesmerized by "A Field in England," a movie of singular originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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