Who We Are Now

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Recently released from prison, Beth (Julianne Nicholson) is working with her public defender (Jimmy Smits) to get her son back from her sister, who was awarded legal custody while Beth was incarcerated for ten years. Soon after, Beth forms an unlikely alliance with Jess (Emma Roberts), an idealistic young protégé of the public defense team, who decides to take on Beth's cause whether she likes it or not. Also starring Zachary Quinto and Jason Biggs.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1)

  • Though similar in plot to the 2006 indie Sherrybaby, this Brooklyn-set drama owes more in tone and style to the searing character studies of John Cassavetes.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Every minute of this film is absolutely mesmerizing.

    May 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Superbly acted and confidently shot, "Who We Are Now" delivers substantial dramatic pleasures while posing pertinent questions.

    May 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Once again, [Newton] refuses to pretend that lives in disarray can be magically repaired by good intentions, while simultaneously avoiding the defeatist attitude that insists there's consequently no point in even trying.

    May 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • While Nicholson's onscreen, it's impossible to pay heed to anything but her. She scorches the film with her barely bottled ferocity and vulnerability.

    May 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Who We Are Now just ticks too many cliched boxes, particularly in the dialogue department.

    Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 29, 2018
    What's interesting is how Newton both undermines naive sentimentality about the world while simultaneously not indulging in cynicism which gives the movie a kind of hopeful realism. Julianne Nicholson should get more leading roles, this is one hell of a performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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