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The East Reviews

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Wesley Morris
January 6, 2014
Marling and Batmanglij don't fear or resent entertainment: They make effective thrillers... If they reach a major studio and bigger budget, they could be the right kind of dangerous.
Piers Marchant
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 1, 2014
The whole thing feels strident and naive, a well-meaning drama composed by a couple of college kids for their Environmental Science final.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2014
The total effect is affected, annoying and off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
Provocative and exciting, with bigger set pieces and a fierce devotion to character development, this is the sort of smart genre thriller that Hollywood needs more of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 29, 2013
Marling's committed performance is offset slightly by Skarsgård's glumness and the 'surprise' casting of Page, who plays the part like Juno grown up (sort of) and turned vengeful communist psychopath.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
September 26, 2013
Immaculately made with a thought-provoking emphasis on corporate espionage, it's just missing intensity and grit
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 5, 2013
If you start off seeing the film's moral world in simple black and white terms - greedy one percent on one side; righteous activists on the other - you'll be left uneasy... but Marling and Batmanglij deliver gripping suspense and challenging ideas.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
The biggest issue with The East is that Batmanglij and Marling so thoroughly rig the script in the environmentalists' favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 10, 2013
an engaging and almost uncomfortably thought-provoking dramatic thriller about what we -- as individuals and as a society -- value most.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 8, 2013
...a completely average piece of work that pales in comparison to Sound of My Voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
July 3, 2013
It all adds up to an intelligent romp which keeps one eye on timely issues (activists or terrorists?) and the other on entertainment.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 2, 2013
What counts here is the characters' sense of rebellion, their susceptibility to the persuasive actions of others and the bravery of the lead character to try to stop them in their tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2013
Batmanglij and his cast invest the story with enough nuance and feeling to make the thriller that unfurls feel like it matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 1, 2013
The filmmakers seem to believe the mere fact of their earnestness makes their movie more worthwhile than a more exciting 'escapist' spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
June 28, 2013
The East suffers from a critical identity crisis, squandering an initially intriguing premise to veer awkwardly between intimate character study and formulaic espionage thriller. It satisfies on neither count.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
June 28, 2013
Despite a bunch of cold characters and a deeply contrived plot, this film is so infused with hot topicality that we are held in its grip all the way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Serba
June 28, 2013
Marling's creative input assures a healthy dosage of philosophical fodder within a solid what's-next plot that keeps us involved and guessing, even when it's implausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Smith
Radio Times
June 28, 2013
The love story feels a bit forced, but otherwise it's an intelligent examination of the dangers of both fanaticism and espionage ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
June 28, 2013
A slick, grungy espionage thriller so in tune with the times it's almost uncanny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 28, 2013
Has more to offer than your average US thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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