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  • Summary: During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jul 5, 2013
    100
    Wheatley’s extraordinary film shakes you back and forth with a rare ferocity, but the net result is stillness.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 4, 2014
    90
    It's sweaty, disorienting, thrilling. Rarely has a narrative feature so marvelously integrated a sequence of experimental filmmaking, and that sequence alone guarantees A Field in England should thrive on the midnight circuit.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jul 8, 2013
    83
    The film is the most formally experimental, and probably the least approachable, of the director's titles to date. But it's further proof of Wheatley's singular sensibilities as a filmmaker.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 5, 2013
    80
    Wheatley's new film is grisly and visceral, an occult, monochrome-psychedelic breakdown taking place somewhere in the West Country during the civil war.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Feb 3, 2014
    75
    Ben Wheatley's film is a reckless combination of period piece, war drama, broad comedy, psychedelic fever dream, and occult horror-scape.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 6, 2014
    60
    The actors are uniformly impressive, and Mr. Wheatley’s longtime cinematographer, Laurie Rose, shooting in black and white, combines stunning pastoral compositions with bursts of graphic violence punctuated by blazing flintlocks.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 20, 2014
    40
    What he ends up with is a film that boasts undeniably intriguing parts, but that -- unless you've just eaten some magic mushrooms of your own -- just doesn't gel as a whole, unified moviegoing experience.

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  1. Feb 7, 2014
    10
    If this movie was in color it would be better. If the budget had of allowed for some more special effects ( not cgi necessarily but like atIf this movie was in color it would be better. If the budget had of allowed for some more special effects ( not cgi necessarily but like at least ONE supernatural/psychedelic experience). Showing 'something' in the hole woulda been fun and then a clearer ending. Expand

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