The Future Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 31, 2011
Miranda July has a way of making 90 minutes of incessant quirk feel like 30 years on a chain gang.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
The film's main weakness is that that fragile frame doesn't always hold.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 25, 2011
Provides plenty of material for July junkies as well as July detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 21, 2011
Miranda July's quiet charisma is a kick. But after a promising beginning, The Future falters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 19, 2011
What a strange, trippy, touching movie The Future is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 19, 2011
July is a provocative and honorably independent filmmaker, but given the meager rewards of investing our time, "The Future" wasn't worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2011
At times - not all the time, just enough to notice - July gets it backward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 18, 2011
Miranda July's second feature is beguiling, quietly funny and finally very sad in a way that sneaks up on you before becoming clear as the Los Angeles skies beneath which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2011
Not everything about "The Future" works. But most of it does, in a quietly powerful way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 17, 2011
Too ostentatiously whimsical to be much more than a weird curio.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 17, 2011
Yes, it's creative and well done, but it finally left a bitter taste and I found it utterly depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
August 12, 2011
The Future is a drab dramedy about thirtysomethings flailing about for self-definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 12, 2011
The Future, July's coy and precious new film, is just oddball enough to be interesting, if not good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 12, 2011
A heartbreaking journey of defeat and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 12, 2011
You may have heard that a cat narrates "The Future" and, yes, that sounds like it would be deadly. But it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 11, 2011
The writer/director/star is enchanted with herself. I hated the cat.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 11, 2011
The actors are quite engaging, in their mopey way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2011
July likes her rhythms to shuffle, her beats to go long. She is the master of sideways portent - the small act with big ramifications.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 11, 2011
There are moments of clever invention and wry humor throughout the film, but Sophie and Jason are more insufferable by several degrees than anyone in "Me and You," which was far more grounded in recognizable human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 8, 2011
Seeded in equal measure with playfulness and poignancy, The Future is a reflection on the accumulated burdens of generational anxiety, as filtered through a quasi-Dadaist, quasi-Absurdist sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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