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
October 27, 2017
In his debut feature, Lee has crafted a mature love story centered on an immature man facing the fear of even admitting that he needs love at all. It's a film to prize.
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October 26, 2017
A former actor himself, Lee directs his leads with subtle assurance.
October 26, 2017
Toughness and tenderness duke it out to the bittersweet end of "God's Own Country," a transporting, wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of northern England.
October 25, 2017
A tricky movie, but not in a way that's dishonest.
October 24, 2017
"God's Own Country" weaves a rough magic from Joshua James Richards's biting cinematography and the story's slow, unsteady arc from bitter to hopeful.
September 1, 2017
Some will file God's Own Country under F for fantasy. Others will see it as a portent of rapprochements to come. Either way, it's a winner.
September 1, 2017
You'll find yourself getting teary a week later - a potent, haunting meditation on the soul-stirring significance of being open to love.
August 31, 2017
Francis Lee's splendid directorial debut has been billed as a Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain and there are undeniable parallels... God's Own Country, however, is significantly less glamorous than its Oscar-nominated predecessor.
August 30, 2017
God's Own Country is hard to fault on its own terms and earns the assumption that lies behind any worthwhile movie romance, that love can take root even in the most unlikely soil.
August 30, 2017
It unfolds under grey, blustery spring skies; as lambs emerge blinking and unsteady into the world, so too does this young man's nervous, raw sexuality.
February 17, 2017
Under battered Yorkshire skies, with grime beneath its nails and soil clodding up the treads of its boots, Francis Lee's outstanding feature debut God's Own Country is a work of rough-hewn alchemy.
February 3, 2017
There will be many people who see themselves in the furtive glances and mud-covered kisses from which "God's Own Country" weaves its harsh but hopeful narrative, and they will do so while witnessing a finely crafted piece of cinema.
January 22, 2017
It is, in its way, a very British love story, bursting at the seams with unspoken emotions, unvoiced fears about the future, and a readiness to displace every emotion into hard physical work.
January 21, 2017
It feels like the camera is gawking at them rather than joining them, and so all semblance of reality and of the necessary awkwardness of getting their clothes off vanishes. And so too does any real eroticism.
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