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Riley Keough and Alicia Vikander give it their all, but Earthquake Bird suffers from a frustrating inability to bring its literary source material consistently to life. Read critic reviews

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While working as a translator in Japan, a woman falls for a photographer, but consequences arise after she meets and befriends a woman who interrupts their life.

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  • A mousy Alicia Vikander casts a convincing spell...and Westmoreland finds plenty of additional intrigue in this late 1980s Japanese setting...

    December 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Earthquake Bird is somewhat laborious in making its points, but it's a film whose unsettling qualities will grow on you with time.

    November 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The number of themes present in the film might work in literary form, but as a film, Earthquake Bird feels rushed and incomplete.

    November 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, a turn that renders it more engaging than the stale psychological thriller it is for most of its running time never emerges, wasting good performances from Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough along the way.

    November 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • When Keough is not onscreen, the film turns from pulse-racing to deadly dull.

    November 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Without the depth and detail of Jones' prose too much of the movie is lost in the same in-between that Lucy is trying to chart for herself.

    November 15, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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