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The Future Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
The notion that both this movie and "Battle: Los Angeles" could come out of the same place, in the same year, is a startling tribute to the city.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 7, 2011
...the suffocatingly nonsensical atmosphere [ensures] that even July's fans will be left scratching their heads on an progressively frequent basis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2011
A talking cat and moon and a restless T-shirt distract from the story, creating what July intends as interesting textures but instead come across as a form of vandalism.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2011
July ties together these three characters' search for love, their desperate craving for contact, in a beautifully devastating narrative that employs time, space, and perception as simple props.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 5, 2011
Offbeat, clever and filled with strange little narrative touches, The Future is often just as irritating as it is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2011
It can definitely grate on your nerves but, at best, it also gets into your mind, and sticks fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 5, 2011
At some point, we knew, this sui generis storyteller would return and grace us with another dose of her delightfully peculiar worldview. Now that The Future has become the present, July doesn't disappoint.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2011
Overly precious poetic examination of a couple's eccentric attempts to evolve their lives will appeal to a rarified few.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2011
This is worth seeing, but only if you think you can tolerate the precious voice-over narration from the couple's wounded cat, delivered by July in a high, scratchy voice.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 5, 2011
With wit and unsettling strangeness, "The Future" takes a sitcom premise - two skittish 35-year-olds adopting a sick and injured cat in order to tiptoe into the responsibilities of adulthood - and gives it a radical, otherworldly twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2011
The movie doesn't have much of a motor. But I like a lot of it, line to line, and I admire where we're left at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2011
Elements of Miranda July's "The Future'' are so patently bizarre that you might expect the film to collapse under the weight of its own whimsy. This is the July that enchants some moviegoers and has others reaching for strong liquor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 4, 2011
I find her movies passively amusing, but not particularly deep or memorable.
Matt Pais
RedEye
August 4, 2011
July's vision isn't off-center; part of her brilliantly insightful work is arguing that there is no center.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2011
On the surface, this film is an enchanting meditation. At its core is the hard steel of individuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2011
As she did in her striking 2005 debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know, July creates a fluid cinematic universe...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 3, 2011
The cat keeps one engaged until July's initially twee-seeming sensibility coalesces into a genuine, if peculiar, mood of tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 3, 2011
July, with her Chaplin eyes, perhaps knows too well how to play earnest and smart. But "The Future" feels progressively less adorned, even as it grows more magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 1, 2011
Falls victim to self-indulgence now and again, yes, but there is also an empathy Miranda July exhibits toward all her on-screen creations that cannot be faked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2011
The whole film is so determinedly different it makes the sticky-sweet bits a little easier to bear.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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