• PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mike Cahill
    In Theaters:
    Jul 22, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 29, 2011
  • Fox Searchlight


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Another Earth Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2011
Leah Rozen
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October 7, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The result is an alluring image -- Earth above Earth -- a wrenching story and a wonder-tinged film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

August 12, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 12, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Ambitious but ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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I was hoping that everyone involved would get hit by an asteroid.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2011
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Anyone who can explain the final shot deserves a refund.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 8, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A stripped-down sci-fi indie that made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

August 4, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

August 4, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2011
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2011
Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's one of the year's best indie releases.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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There are a number of astronomical impossibilities here. What about gravity? What's orbiting what? And where exactly did it come from?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 29, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 28, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Not since Shane Carruth's Primer has a sci-fi movie done so much with so little.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 28, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is no less than a meditation on the infinite possible variations that a human life can take.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 28, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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A metaphysical treat, with influences that range from Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique and Blue to Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 22, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

July 22, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Despite the cool visuals, its bold self-assurance remains unearned.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Even with a clever final twist straight out of "The Twilight Zone," this crummy-looking two-hander is a tough sit.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 21, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The acting anchors a tale that might otherwise have spun off, weightless, into realms celebrated by Carl Sagan.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 21, 2011
Ella Taylor
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 21, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Another Earth is one of the most low-tech, low-budget, scaled-down and engrossing sci-fi movies ever to hit theaters.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 21, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Another Earth offers imagination and provocation to spare.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

July 21, 2011
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Nominally speaking, Another Earth is science fiction, but it's more concerned with mood and metaphysics than science.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

July 20, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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How on earth did this arty dud win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

July 20, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Another Earth is a movie you take home and write your own ending to.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 19, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 19, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A pervasive feeling of the unknown is what provides the film with its gripping suspense.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2011
Justin Chang
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Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 25, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A gripping, intimate story to which science fiction adds a provocative, philosophical context.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 25, 2011
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