God's Own Country Reviews

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.
September 27, 2018
There's no question that Lee is a bold new voice in British cinema.
August 23, 2018
It would be easy to dismiss GOC as Brokeback Mountain with Yorkshire accents, but superb performances all round, by O'Connor In particular, make this a very British work with distinctive ideas of its own about love in a cold climate.
August 22, 2018
To see O'Connor and Secareanu breathe life into these guarded men who choose to drop their defenses, and bring out each other's best selves in the process, is to watch a barren field grow lush and green.
May 4, 2018
...frank and sexy and ultimately bravely optimistic.
May 3, 2018
Gritty unsentimental rural British riff on "Brokeback Mountain"
December 29, 2017
The movie is less about sexual awakening than Gheorghe's civilizing influence on Johnny. But it's also sometimes hot and violent, in a good way.