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Queen of Earth (2015)



Critic Consensus: Led by a searing performance from Elisabeth Moss, Queen of Earth is a demanding -- and ultimately rewarding -- addition to writer-director Alex Ross Perry's impressive filmography.

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Catherine has entered a particularly dark period in her life: her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, has recently died, and on the heels of his death she's dumped by her boyfriend James. Looking to recuperate, Catherine heads out to her best friend Virginia's lake house for some much needed relaxation. However, once Catherine arrives relaxation proves impossible to find, as she is overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As Catherine reaches out to Virginia with attempts at connection, Virginia begins spending increasing amounts of time with a local love interest, Rich, and fissures in the relationship between the two women begin to appear, sending Catherine into a downward spiral of delusion and madness.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Elisabeth Moss
as Catherine
Kate Lyn Sheil
as Michelle
Craig Butta
as Groundskeeper
Daniel April
as Warlock
Will Clark
as Party Guest
Mia Heiligenstein
as Party Guest
Elisabeth Arndt
as Party Guest
Katherine Fleming
as Party Guest
Morgan Skrabalak
as Party Guest
Lily Garrison
as Party Guest
Adam Piotrowicz
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Queen of Earth

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (18)

If you're gonna go hard to the closeup, you're gonna want to work with a face like Elisabeth Moss's.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

"Queen of Earth" isn't a laugh riot, not by a long shot. But it is a good movie, and a fascinating study of descent.

Full Review… | September 17, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Perry's movie may not be easy to watch, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't.

Full Review… | September 10, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Writer-director Alex Ross Perry conjures such a strong atmosphere around his characters -- and Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston are so powerful in the leads --that one gets sucked into their emotional conflict.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Almost subliminally upsetting, "Queen of Earth" touches viewers' primal fears by continually messing with worries embedded in our subconscious.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Perry may never make a movie for the masses, whoever they are. But his truest work burrows into weird, blackly comic places few other filmmakers would dare explore.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Queen of Earth


Elizabeth Moss puts in a terrific performance in this mature psychological drama about bitterness, resentment and narcissism, a film that is especially intelligent when it make us participate in the thoughts and feelings of its two characters, even if it is also a bit elusive.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A character piece. Shades of Persona and Repulsion. A little too ambiguous and meandering for my taste. I was hoping there would be a thrilling conclusion but was let down. The super 16 looks great and there are some cool shots, though the visuals are not outstanding. Dialogue vacillates between subdued and on-the-nose. Kate Moss overdoes it at times. The soundtrack is grating and overused; it would have been great if its use was reduced by about 80%. Watch Repulsion instead.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

I'm not convinced that this is the brilliant psychological portrait everyone seems to think it is, but Moss gives one hell of a performance.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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