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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
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.
Full Review | 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.
Eric D. Snider
About.com
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
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
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
MLive.com
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
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
June 28, 2013
A zeitgeist-grabbing indie spy thriller exploring the rise of techno-savvy anti-authoritarian movements lurking in the darkest recesses of the internet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2013
Brit is a hit as the spy who is split in two. Her covert performance twisting and turning from one side to the other keeps us guessing to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Henry Barnes
Guardian
June 27, 2013
It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 27, 2013
A haunting story of a committed band of eco-terrorists who want to pay back corporate CEOs for their crimes against humanity and the environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 27, 2013
Marling wrote it with Zal Batmanglij, her writer-director partner on Sound of My Voice. This is a kindred attention-catcher, good on the quiet madness of cults and creeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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