Them That Follow

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Them That Follow never quite captures the spiritual fervor of its setting, but the cast's committed performances make for an intermittently satisfying character study.

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Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (37)

  • In their directorial debut, Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage fail to show the church in a neutral light, choosing instead to lean into a "crazy cult" caricature rather than evenly portray what is already a complex, divisive religious custom.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Yes, the plot is soapy, but the writing and directing team Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage treat the characters with dignity, are fascinated by the rigid pentecostal milieu and create a pervading sense of gloom that's intensely compelling.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It does grip you because of the inherent nature of the story itself.

    August 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Boy howdy, do the serpents ever serve a fine cinematic purpose: visual proofs of invisible things: faith, forgiveness, and the danger to self that makes it "a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

    August 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Poulton and Savage and cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz consistently deliver visually arresting shots, while the music by Garth Stevenson helps build the suspense.

    August 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Them That Follow" is the sort of perfectly acceptable film that nevertheless leaves you wondering how great it could have been.

    August 9, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Mar 20, 2020
    I was honestly pretty disappointed with Them That Follow. I saw the trailer and thought it looked fantastic, I looked up the cast and that had me well and truly on board. But the actual movie? Not so much on board as just regular bored.
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