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The East Reviews

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Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
May 31, 2013
The movie's squishy moralism withstands only a tad more scrutiny than its plot contrivances.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
June 4, 2013
As a thriller, the movie begins with a taught pace but then begins to lose that discipline as the film dwindles along.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
June 12, 2013
The East is a wooden and unappealing chore, treading familiar ground for the filmmakers with an additional layer of clunky, drama-killing political soap-boxing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
May 29, 2013
The East's obvious social ambitions would be perhaps better served by a storyline that doesn't play like the adventures of a college freshman with a hopeless crush on her anthropology teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Emma Simmonds
The List
June 6, 2013
The writers never quite get under the skin of these characters, or fully to grips with the complexity of the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2013
"The East" prizes an initial air of mystery over consistent drama, and as a result ends up squandering its intriguing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2013
When the filmmakers try to flesh out the terrorists, they fall back on the conservative cliche that they're spoiled rich kids, mad at their parents.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 30, 2013
It gives us an interesting character with genuine moral ambiguity and demands that she make tough choices and that we think about what tactics we support -- and then it completely fritters it all away with a pat ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2013
The whole movie has the smugness of a cult. At one and the same time it's devoid of reality and insufferably full of itself.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 22, 2013
A polished thriller that grows muddled and predictable as it zooms along.
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
June 4, 2013
perfectly competent but still somewhat generic
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 27, 2013
This absurdly superficial and tendentious drama, directed with no distinction, wastes a superb cast in the interest of self-righteous attitudinizing.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2014
The total effect is affected, annoying and off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 31, 2013
A cockamamie valentine to eco-terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 6, 2013
Marling has a focus and poise that keeps us invested in her character's journey - even when the film begins to falter, as The East eventually does through inconsistency and expedience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 20, 2013
"The East's" eco-friendly politics might be Swiss, but its overly sentimental storyline is pure Velveeta.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
June 6, 2013
Why was the opportunity for true commentary or even character development within this fascinating world discarded in favor of an awkwardly-staged and poorly-written love story laden with genre tropes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 3, 2013
Replace [Sound of My Voice's] cult with this film's collective, a group bonded via trust rituals and unusual dietary demands; an outsider whose truth remains suspect and an ending based on betrayal and essentially you've got the same film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 31, 2013
As uncertain as she is as a screenwriter, Marling is even less accomplished as an actress - problems she compounds by invariably giving herself the lead role in her own scripts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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