Europa Report Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 18, 2015
As the action progresses, this quickly becomes Marinca's film, as she uses her body language as much as the script to suggest more subtle forms of angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
One of the most immediately involving science-fiction films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2014
In most modern science fiction, scientists are not depicted as noble. In the tradition of Frankenstein, they are often depicted as villains. This movie presents real science and scientists at their noble, courageous best.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2013
An exciting but subdued sci-fi thriller about astronauts on a fouled-up mission to find out if there's life on Jupiter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
November 20, 2013
There is an earthbound integrity and deeply respectful approach to the science in Europa Report that imbues the story with a gritty intensity, lifting it beyond its B-movie framework.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
October 20, 2013
The best science fiction films have no chases, no guns blaring, no zombies, no prosthetic makeup, and no suspension of the laws of science. This is one of the best of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Serba
MLive.com
October 11, 2013
Its ideas trump its method, a necessity when working in a weary genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
October 10, 2013
While it does look and feel genuine at times and you're not ever able to shake that wondrous sensation of potential discovery, Europa Report fails to ever really wow its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Null
Film Racket
October 6, 2013
I've never been so engrossed in frank conversations involving landing zones, ice drilling, or hydrazine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 30, 2013
... maintains an intimacy and a slow-paced authenticity to the proceedings that helps to gradually increase the tension without sacrificing character development.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 30, 2013
Puts a premium on credibility
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 23, 2013
Until things go wrong in the last quarter it's like looking at CNN.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 22, 2013
There is something refreshing in the decidedly downbeat "Europa Report," a science-fiction film with the emphasis on science that doesn't cheat on the tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
August 21, 2013
The film is resonant and largely satisfying, but in a smaller, more cerebral way than many of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2013
Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 9, 2013
A suspenseful drama proving that outer space is a very mysterious and a very dangerous place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2013
There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 9, 2013
A small, brilliantly cast sci-fi gem, a riveting piece of minimalist work.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Michael D. Lemonick
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2013
The idea that life evolved independently on Europa is perfectly plausible-and that makes what would be a fun and exciting film in any case all the more worth watching.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2013
I'm not qualified to judge the accuracy of the scientific detail, though the filmmakers convey a genuine respect for hard science instead of the cursory interest shown by most science fiction movies.
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