• Unrated, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Ben Wheatley
    In Theaters:
    Feb 7, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2014
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A Field in England Reviews

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Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2014
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]

Almost unbearable.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 7, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

September 26, 2013
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Like being punched in the face by your best friend for no reason.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Things get murky, even though very little actually happens.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

February 6, 2014
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

This is a film fumbling for meaning along with its protagonists.

Full Review Source: New Statesman

July 11, 2013

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's dementia for its own sake, an empty head-trip.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

February 13, 2014
Brian Formo

The maddest thing about this mad, mad movie: it has no reason to be consistent. But somehow it is.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

February 7, 2014
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine

Ben Wheatley's film is a reckless combination of period piece, war drama, broad comedy, psychedelic fever dream, and occult horror-scape.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2014
Bram E. Gieben
The Skinny

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 Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine

[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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.8/10

February 12, 2014
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B+

July 5, 2013
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

July 8, 2013
Stefan Pape

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2013
Henry Northmore
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2013
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood

The trippiest historical horror film ever made?

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood

March 27, 2014
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 4, 2014
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Prepare to be mesmerized by "A Field in England," a movie of singular originality.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

February 6, 2014
Tom Clift
Movie Mezzanine

As the story reaches an anguished kind of climax, so too does Wheatley go full Kubrick, abandoning narrative entirely for a sequence of full-blown psychotropic madness.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A-

February 6, 2014
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