God's Own Country Reviews

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November 30, 2017
Director/writer Francis Lee's electrifying feature debut is a working-class, fun-house mirror version of "Call Me By Your Name's" upper-class pretensions and is equally, if not more, rewarding because of it.
November 15, 2017
But O'Connor and Secareanu give such aching performances that their romance feels real.
November 9, 2017
The film by writer-director Francis Lee, who grew up on a Yorkshire farm before turning to acting - and, later, filmmaking - is sweet, even if Johnny is not.
November 9, 2017
This is not a movie about coming out and the collateral damage that ensues. It's a universal tale about giving yourself over to love, even when you seem hopelessly broken.
November 3, 2017
Combining gritty realism with poignancy, the result is a film that is exceptionally moving.
November 3, 2017
This enigmatic little film says it all in razor-sharp closeups and minimal words
July 7, 2019
The realism of writer-director Francis Lee's love-struck first feature is as raw as the rural business of birth and death.
June 4, 2019
Lee has made an astonishing debut behind the camera. It is a love story of rare power and depth, whose effects are felt not through words the characters say but through the words they don't.
May 28, 2019
As a study in finding one's way, Lee and his cast deliver a film that manages to be both rough around the edges and authentically tender.
April 26, 2019
[It] is a film that exceeds the expectations of just a gay romance in a windswept, ruggedly romantic location, by offering fine performances and a touching tale of self-discovery.
February 28, 2019
Francis Lee's debut is a lean micro-narrative that largely succeeds in its small scale, though the lead characters are frustratingly undeveloped.
February 28, 2019
Themes of pride, shame and reluctant humility underpin the love story at hand to create a rich commentary on relationships.
February 1, 2019
The compelling narrative matches the plausible scenario and the actors remain sober in their roles.
November 3, 2018
Sexual liberation and societal acceptance are both put on the backburner in Francis Lee's film, as O'Connor and Secareanu's riveting performances frame the murky landscape of the countryside.
October 31, 2018
Francis Lee shapes the story so tenderly and poetically, and actors Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu generate huge pathos with two exceptionally well-judged performances.
October 30, 2018
It's great we are getting to a place where queer characters no longer have to be tragic or outcasts. However, let's still make them interesting.
October 30, 2018
At its core, God's Own Country is all about our right to tenderness, and with the Yorkshire pastures as a constant backdrop, tenderness flows out from every stitch in the film's fabric.
October 26, 2018
By the time you reach the film's final, tear-jerking minutes, you'll understand why it's one of the most lovingly rendered romances of the year.
October 21, 2018
Plodding and impenetrable in its shaky-cam stoicism.
October 18, 2018
Josh O'Connor is exceptional as beast of burden Jonny, and while the dialogue feels occasionally clumsy, Francis Lee's debut is an accomplished and affecting romance as well as a heartwarming story of growth through love.
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