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Another Earth (2011)



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Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose? -- (C) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Cahill, Brit Marling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 29, 2011
Box Office: $1.3M
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Brit Marling
as Rhoda Williams
D.J. Flava
as Himself
William Mapother
as John Burroughs
Meggan Lennon
as Maya Burroughs
A.J. Diana
as John's Son
Bruce Colbert
as Symposium Speaker
Paul S. Mezey
as Symposium Speaker
Ana Valle
as Symposium Speaker
Jeffrey Goldenberg
as Symposium Speaker
Joseph Bove
as Symposium Speaker
Jordan Baker
as Kim Williams
Flint Beverage
as Robert Williams
Robin Lord Taylor
as Jeff Williams
Bruce Winant
as Keith Harding
Natalie Carter
as Career Counselor
Shannon Maliff
as High School Girl
Stéphane Leblanc
as High School Girl
Jasmine Andrade
as High School Girl
Kara Tweedie
as High School Girl
Yuval Segal
as Television Reporter
Diana Ciesla
as Dr. Joan Tallis
Robert Phillips
as Radio Reporter #1
Richard Habersham
as Radio Reporter #2
Hollyce Phillips
as Television Anchor
Luis Vega
as Federico
Ari Gold
as Conspiracy Theorist
Steve Giammaria
as Television Interview...
Rebecca Price
as Keith Harding's Secr...
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News & Interviews for Another Earth

Critic Reviews for Another Earth

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (36)

I loved this movie. Having said that, I'm sure it's not for everyone.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Missoula Independent

Buried within Another Earth's framework is a wonderful sci-fi movie, but Cahill and Marling have unfortunately set it amongst this otherwise drab and predictable human drama.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

The wildly improbable set-up is merely the jumping off point for an exploration of grief, guilt and redemption

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Tribune News Service

I didn't hate Another Earth so much as I found it to have begun with a fascinating sci fi premise only to produce, ultimately, a conventional relationship film.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012

Another Earth occasionally slips into chin-stroking pretention, but it flies the flags for indies with ideas bigger than their budgets.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Another Earth doesn't fully come off - the slow pace stops it achieving escape velocity - but the intriguing ideas and Marling's touching performance make it a promising debut.

Full Review… | April 2, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Another Earth

A nice little indie that only nods towards some sci-fi conceptualization but actually is mainly about redemption, and it takes its sweet time getting to even that. It's not absolutely boring but certainly closely examines that possibility.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


"Another Earth" boasts from very strong performances all around, and I am usually a fan of indie films that have a small scope with big aspirations, but this one felt a little too ambitious. As a young woman is about to get a full-ride scholarship, her life is flipped upside down as she is sent to prison for killing a man's wife and daughter in a car crash. Years later she falls for that man, creating very sensitive storytelling. By big issue with this film is that there is this entire other planet that is supposedly a duplicate of ours, while never focussing enough on that aspect in my opinion. By the end of the film, the big shocker did not surprise me at all and I felt a little empty handed. I do think this film is very well-written, well-acted, and extremely well-directed, but the technical aspects fail in a few areas. In the end, "Another Earth" is almost too ambitious for it's own good, but I really enjoyed it. It is recommended to people who like to think outside of the box instead of being outside of the box.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I think I love/hate Brit Marling for her scripts. But dang it, they always end so explosively. This one was rather too slow-paced for my taste though and the science is flawed.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Another Earth Quotes

Rhoda Williams: And he knows that this small sound will break him.He'll lose his mind.What's he gonna do?He's up in space,alone, in a space closet.He's got 25 days left to go with this sound.So the cosmonaut decides the only way to save his sanity is to fall in love with this sound.So he closes his eyes and he goes into his imagination,and then he opens them.He doesn't hear ticking any more.He hears music.
– Submitted by Prattay S (2 years ago)
Rhoda Williams: I don't want to eat the apple of cynicism.
– Submitted by Dennis L (4 years ago)
John Burroughs: What would you say if you met another you?
Rhoda Williams: Better luck next time.
– Submitted by Julio M (4 years ago)
Rhoda Williams: I don't really want to be around too many people, or do too much talking.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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