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The Future (2011)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 29

A dark and whimsical exploration of human existence that challenges viewers as much as it rewards them.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 8

A dark and whimsical exploration of human existence that challenges viewers as much as it rewards them.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,015

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When Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) decide to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. -- (C) Official Site


Drama, Comedy

Miranda July

Nov 29, 2011


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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (29)

Not a crowd-pleaser by any measure, but a mature, bold and recklessly inquisitive film, however unpleasant it is to consume in the moment.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Miranda July may be a bit too weird for her own good. On the other hand, it is a glorious weird.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Provides plenty of material for July junkies as well as July detractors.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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What a strange, trippy, touching movie The Future is.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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July is a provocative and honorably independent filmmaker, but given the meager rewards of investing our time, "The Future" wasn't worth the wait.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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At times - not all the time, just enough to notice - July gets it backward.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Parece apenas interessado em lançar o meme dos "Lolcatz" como gênero cinematográfico.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Miranda July takes the twee and cute thing WAY too far this time

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This strange film reminds me of some stories by Franz Kafka, such as 'The Trial.' It is a story which makes no sense when viewed objectively, but hangs together well enough as a subjective experience.

March 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Nobody but July could have made a film so defiantly insufferable.

November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

July's new film isn't as witty or touching as her debut but she still manages in her off-kilter way to say something original about her characters' hopes and fears and illusions... but viewers with an aversion for whimsy should probably steer well clear.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

It's parodic Sundance independent cinema - pure, aimless, triple-brewed whimsy.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Many viewers, especially her detractors, can't see the forest for the twee in July's films. That's certainly true of "The Future" - but burrow down past the creepy-cutesy touches, and you find a film that's painfully real.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

You end up feeling sorry for the cat but not for Sophie and Jason, who seem unable to deal with life, love or, in fact, anything.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

July's film-making is a taste I have yet fully to acquire, but she has a distinctive vision, a style, placed before you on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. I took it.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

July, who gave us the lovably odd Me and You and Everyone We Know, has layered on so much self-conscious whimsy - monologues from the cat, dialogues with the moon and other dashes of magical realism - that the central drama struggles to be heard.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A playfully self-aware dig at the emptiness of some modern lifestyles that will make you check your own.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

I've seen The Future...and it's not bad at all.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

July's romantic fantasy of stagnation and romantic drift has depths, but they're hidden behind walls of kookiness.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

July's second film, while not quite as perfectly realised as her debut, nimbly avoids the 'sophomore slump', providing the curious with another window into her highly idiosyncratic world.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Kooky indie experimental film that might have something intelligent to say about leading a weird life, but was such a tiresome watch that it turned me off.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

whimsy both conceals and sugars some rather bitter observations on change and mortality.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

As they contemplate the difference between a couple of months and five years, Sophie and Jason begin to think more substantively about time.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's easy to be distracted by the talking cat or the talking moon, but they are merely wallpaper over a yawning chasm of panic and disappointment.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Future

Didn't hold my attention but I felt like it should have. I want to give it another chance simply because it has a guy stuck in time trying to move the moon and a cat that talks before getting put down with an extremely sad monologue.
August 20, 2013
Curtis Lilly

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Another eccentric film from director, performer, and actress Miranda July. That's the nicest thing I can say about this film without getting clouded in debate, because for all the impressive and interesting aspects of this film, it is painfully uneven. As a test of cinema, of the ideals behind getting to the middle road of one's life and not liking where you are it was great conceptually. You have a couple in their thirties, both happy to be together, but disinterested with their outcomes in life. They have one month before they adopt a damaged cat from a shelter (a decision that is never explained or warranted) to do whatever they want. For some reason they both quit their jobs and try falling into habits and causes. It doesn't come easy, and they both drift apart, which is something I generally like about the film. I love that they try to explore the world around them and actually make an effort in changing themselves and find that only trying without passion, or experiencing the world isn't the thrill ride they expected. What I ended up having problems with were the choices made to wrap up the existential conflicts that both characters evidently come to. Instead of really speaking about what happens after the bubble bursts, July goes very formulaic by breaking them apart and developing a side relationship, which was intentionally uncomfortable but also clichéd. The flighty, dispassionate artistry to some of the dialogue is distracting, as is a puppet cat. The cat tells the story of how they adopted it and would be coming back, which happens intermittently in most annoying way possible. I did like the very end of the cat and how it told of how it was unloved but always waiting. Still, this film left me exhausted and annoyed without any explanation for why it did what it did. July needs to not make commercial films and make films that speak to human nature preferably.
March 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

The apprehension of responsibility and the subconscious realisation that maturity is long over due. The sort of thing that can drive you mad really. Of course, when you apply the art of movement and the ability to stop time in there and have the whole thing narrated by a Cat it can only be a good thing right? You will either tick 'Totally agree' or 'Totally disagree' but neither is wrong. I liked it, especially the talking Cat.
May 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

In one way we should envy the caveman. When he looked at all the possibilities of his life, there couldn't be many, and he may have been content with he and his family just surviving, day by day. Today, in deciding life's journey, that nearly identical caveman has to wrestle all the possibilities and abstractions of developed language, ideologies, and technology. Reason has defeated religious portrayals of a purpose beyond this life - we can easily panic over our limited time here. How do we spend this time? How do we know when we have seen the answer? When we stop asking the question.

Every scene in this film is making an observation - not a statement, just observations of feelings born from self awareness in the modern age. I've responded to only one here, kick-starting the open discussion this movie is begging to have with me. It will continue, and I suggest any philosopher to initiate their own with this wonderful movie.
February 4, 2012
Matthew Slaven

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    1. Sophie: I always want to follow the news, but then I'm so far behind, and now its just like, what's the point?
    – Submitted by Abby O (20 months ago)
    1. Jason: If it's gonna work out could you just give me a little indication?
    2. Joe The Moon: I don't know anything. I'm just a rock in the sky.
    – Submitted by Thomas Z (2 years ago)
    1. Jason: Do you think if I move my hand it would be morning by now?
    2. Joe The Moon: Morning? It would be Friday.
    3. Jason: What?
    4. Joe The Moon: It has been 3:14 for days now.
    – Submitted by Facebook U (2 years ago)
    1. Jason: Everything must look so familiar to you. It must feel like you are coming back to the place that you loved. It must be nice. But it's gone, by the way. This is a totally new land now.
    2. Sophie: Okay.
    – Submitted by Facebook U (2 years ago)
    1. Sophie: I wish I was just one notch prettier. I'm right on the edge, you know? Where it's up to each person to decide for themselves. I have to make my case with each new person.
    – Submitted by Kayla D (2 years ago)
    1. Jason: Well, you know like in the cartoons, when the building gets hit with the wrecking ball, right before the building falls down, there's always like this moment where it's perfectly still, right before it collapses? We're in that moment. The wrecking ball has already hit all of this, and this is just the moment before it all falls down.
    – Submitted by elif e (2 years ago)
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