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Another Earth Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 6, 2011
Cahill's visually inconsistent first feature tries to beam epic sci-fi concepts into a micro-human drama, refracting its thought-provoking ideas through the prism of the central emotional relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2011
The result is an alluring image -- Earth above Earth -- a wrenching story and a wonder-tinged film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 12, 2011
In emphasizing poetry over plot, mood over mechanics, Another Earth fails to answer the most pressing question of all: Umm, why haven't the tides been affected?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 12, 2011
Ambitious but ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 12, 2011
I was hoping that everyone involved would get hit by an asteroid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
Anyone who can explain the final shot deserves a refund.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 4, 2011
A stripped-down sci-fi indie that made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 4, 2011
Cahill fails to give the preposterous story even an aura of plausibility, and the unforgivable subplot involving a dotty/enlightened old Indian school custodian is gallingly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 4, 2011
It's a film that brims with talent and ideas; it stays with you for a while after you watch it, like the way a shadow lingers on a now-quiet road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2011
Instead of a fleet of Evil Kirks descending on us in souped-up space shuttles, we get a quietly moving parable of redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2011
The metaphysics function as a metaphor in what's an affecting -- if slow-moving -- drama about having to live with the choices we make and our need to find redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2011
It's one of the year's best indie releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 29, 2011
There are a number of astronomical impossibilities here. What about gravity? What's orbiting what? And where exactly did it come from?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2011
One of the smart, effective things about Another Earth is that it treats the discovery of a parallel planet in, excuse the pun, a down-to-earth manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 28, 2011
"Another Earth" is being sold as an indie sci-fi drama, but that does both the movie and its proper audience a disservice. This muted story of atonement, forgiveness, and parallel universes is more of an extended metaphor ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2011
Not since Shane Carruth's Primer has a sci-fi movie done so much with so little.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2011
This is no less than a meditation on the infinite possible variations that a human life can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
July 22, 2011
A metaphysical treat, with influences that range from Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique and Blue to Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 22, 2011
Eventually the film reaches the point anyone could see it was heading toward - then blunts it by ignoring one big question and introducing another just for the sake of a twist. And then it ends, as abruptly as it began.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 22, 2011
Despite the cool visuals, its bold self-assurance remains unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 21, 2011
Even with a clever final twist straight out of "The Twilight Zone," this crummy-looking two-hander is a tough sit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 21, 2011
The acting anchors a tale that might otherwise have spun off, weightless, into realms celebrated by Carl Sagan.
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July 21, 2011
Like many an ambitious novice, director Mike Cahill has stuffed every movie he ever wanted to make, every cockamamie parallel he wanted to draw, into his feature debut. I salute his guts and passion, and his imaginatively careless way with genre.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011
Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 21, 2011
Another Earth is one of the most low-tech, low-budget, scaled-down and engrossing sci-fi movies ever to hit theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 21, 2011
A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 21, 2011
Another Earth offers imagination and provocation to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 20, 2011
Nominally speaking, Another Earth is science fiction, but it's more concerned with mood and metaphysics than science.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2011
How on earth did this arty dud win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance?
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 19, 2011
Another Earth is a movie you take home and write your own ending to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 19, 2011
Unable to organically incorporate their Big Ideas into the narrative, the filmmakers lazily lay them on top, leaving the exposition of Another Earth's structuring fantasy to a blanket of background voiceover.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 19, 2011
Marling and Cahill's script is short on facts and long on feelings, but they do deserve points for thinking outside the box of their small budget...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 18, 2011
A pervasive feeling of the unknown is what provides the film with its gripping suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 25, 2011
Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2011
A gripping, intimate story to which science fiction adds a provocative, philosophical context.