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The Future Reviews

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January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2011
Not a crowd-pleaser by any measure, but a mature, bold and recklessly inquisitive film, however unpleasant it is to consume in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2011
Miranda July may be a bit too weird for her own good. On the other hand, it is a glorious weird.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 25, 2011
Provides plenty of material for July junkies as well as July detractors.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 19, 2011
What a strange, trippy, touching movie The Future is.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2011
July is a provocative and honorably independent filmmaker, but given the meager rewards of investing our time, "The Future" wasn't worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2011
At times - not all the time, just enough to notice - July gets it backward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2011
Miranda July's second feature is beguiling, quietly funny and finally very sad in a way that sneaks up on you before becoming clear as the Los Angeles skies beneath which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 18, 2011
Not everything about "The Future" works. But most of it does, in a quietly powerful way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2011
The Future, July's coy and precious new film, is just oddball enough to be interesting, if not good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 11, 2011
The actors are quite engaging, in their mopey way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2011
July likes her rhythms to shuffle, her beats to go long. She is the master of sideways portent - the small act with big ramifications.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
August 5, 2011
Overly precious poetic examination of a couple's eccentric attempts to evolve their lives will appeal to a rarified few.
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.
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
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
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
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
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-
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
July 29, 2011
The whole film is so determinedly different it makes the sticky-sweet bits a little easier to bear.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 29, 2011
Miranda July's rejection of traditional storytelling is valuable, but the common complaints that her work is mannered or twee are accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 29, 2011
A T-shirt creeps around on its own, a little girl likes being buried neck-deep in the backyard. Whatevs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 28, 2011
To appreciate "The Future," Miranda July's ingeniously constructed wonder cabinet of a movie, you may first have to pass through a stage of mild annoyance or even something more intense.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 2011
The Future is full of amusing, lovely little moments that are just a degree removed from being too cute, whether July is being stalked by her favorite comfy shirt, or following a little girl's plan to sleep in a hole to its logical endpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 27, 2011
As much intriguing material as The Future serves up from scene to scene, it ends up feeling frustratingly slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 27, 2011
The mood of this movie will brew with you for a while, even if it swirls around characters who aren't quite persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2011
Sophie's (or is it July's?) coy narcissism becomes a criticism of itself, and her "sadness" turns into something truly sad. In short, I have seen The Future and it's heartbreaking.
July 25, 2011
Is it realistic? Absolutely not. Does it create real feeling? Absolutely.
Read More | Original Score: A-
July 25, 2011
With a delectable Jon Brion soundtrack guiding the proceedings, the movie adopts a familiar bittersweetness, but otherwise takes on a highly original tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 24, 2011
July is working as hard as any artist alive to find new forms to express the dread of formlessness.
June 14, 2011
This wonderfully whimsical examination into the fear of cosmic insignificance is so deeply touching and honest (think Ikiru starring Silver Lake hipsters) you just might need a stiff drink afterward.
February 4, 2011
The film's gentle humor and imaginative digressions won me over, saying things that other works of fiction say all the time, but saying them in a creative way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+