A Field in England

2014

A Field in England

Critics Consensus

Recklessly assembled and occasionally compelling in spite of itself, A Field in England showcases a singularly brilliant voice in British cinema.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5

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England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil, an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. (c) drafthouse

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Critic Reviews for A Field in England

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It's the English Civil War on magic mushrooms!

Mar 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A Field In England is mad monochrome mayhem that's utterly hypnotic.

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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It's about shifting power games, mostly, and suggests a period film made by Samuel Beckett in one of his more playful moods.

Mar 6, 2014 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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It's dementia for its own sake, an empty head-trip.

Feb 13, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A challenging piece of work to be sure, due for eventual midnight-movie cultdom.

Feb 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Film.com
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This is a deeply, at times exclusively visceral movie. It aims to wring out, mind-eff and visually beat up its viewers, and perhaps cast a malevolent spell in the process.

Feb 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Field in England

Four men walk over a field in 17th century England, in black and white. What follows is weirdness. While some frames are really beautifully filmed, other parts are so trippy you think you're in a music video. Even though it's no long film, it sometimes feels like it, and yet there is an odd fascination for what's going on up until the bloody finale. You're left to make up your own mind about what all the fuzz was all about. The beautiful end credits song makes you think you've seen a much better film than it actually is. File under: artsy fartsy or What the hell did I just watch?

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

A waste of time. Of memory. Of thought. A waste. A refutation of the idea of Anglo dominance in film, indeed, the very argument against that theory. And yet so well thought of? I don't get it. If one has access to magic mushrooms my advice would be to do those instead.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

A pointless exercise in pointless nothingnes. Seriously, critics are bashing Only God Forgives and praising this? Go figure.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Bizarre and arresting at times, but also audacious and thought-provoking, Ben Wheatley's latest film ultimately works because of its mood, visual style and performances.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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