The Escape (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Escape probes gender mores while surveying the wreckage of a marriage -- and offering the underrated Gemma Arterton another opportunity to prove her dramatic mettle.


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A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city - but walking out on your life isn't so simple... Built around a remarkable central performance from Gemma Arterton, The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7)

The colors are rich and the direction is intelligent...but the overall effect is frustration leading to dissatisfaction.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Tara is a role that she has to inhabit without flash, and Arterton does so, and movingly, in every frame in which she appears.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A quiet domestic-drama chamber piece with a vein of pure desperation thrumming beneath it.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Subtle and slow and wrenchingly empathetic, "The Escape" is about gradually realizing that the life you have may not be the one you want.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Although its title might imply some intrepid action movie, writer-director Dominic Savage's intimate, deeply emotional drama "The Escape" proves, in its own way, just as daring and harrowing an experience.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Wrenching scenes from a disintegrating marriage, beautifully played.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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