Another Earth

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Jul 20, 2011
    100
    What I can say is if you're flesh and blood, and have ever suffered a substantial loss, you will be moved by Another Earth. And also renewed.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jul 21, 2011
    91
    It's an ambitious premise and a risky approach, but Cahill and his cast execute it beautifully.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jul 23, 2011
    90
    The looming presence of that planet and its possibilities turns Another Earth into a metaphysical treat, with influences that range from Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique and Blue" to Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris." It's the most soulful art movie of the summer.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jul 2, 2011
    90
    The best science fiction tells stories about people in extraordinary environments or situations that serve to open up the vast, still largely unexplored terrain of the human heart. Mike Cahill's Another Earth is science fiction at its best.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 29, 2011
    88
    What's impressive is how well this film joins its parts into a whole.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 21, 2011
    88
    Another Earth proves compellingly that science, intellect and emotion can coexist in mesmerizing synchronicity on the big screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 17, 2011
    83
    Another Earth is stealthily effective, with silences often counting more than words.
  8. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Dec 5, 2011
    80
    A small, personal indie with a huge cinematic and intellectual appetite. It may be too lo-fi for some tastes but it sparks the brain and moves the heart. It also introduces Marling as a bright new star - singular.
  9. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Aug 6, 2011
    80
    Shot in verite style with handheld cameras and rule-breaking quick cuts, Cahill's film moves slowly between moments of heartache and quiet beauty.
  10. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jul 22, 2011
    80
    More than anything, though, Another Earth is an impressive calling card for Brit Marling, who wrote and produced the movie with Cahill, a classmate from Georgetown University. Marling also steals the movie as Rhoda Williams.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 21, 2011
    80
    Quietly and movingly out of this world. Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 19, 2011
    80
    Another Earth is a movie you take home and write your own ending to.
  13. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    The deliberate editing and quirky cinematography (both done by Cahill) sometimes seem at odds with each other but never get in the way of the story's honesty.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 12, 2011
    75
    It's easy to forget that you're watching a sci-fi film at all. That's because it's just a shade or two from not even being a sci-fi film.
  15. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 10, 2011
    75
    The wildly improbable set-up is merely the jumping off point for an exploration of grief, guilt and redemption.
  16. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    It's refreshing to see a movie tackling difficult ideas, even if, like the new Earth, it sometimes feels like the filmmakers have their heads up in the clouds.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    Another Earth has heft - emotionally, intellectually.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 21, 2011
    75
    Another Earth offers imagination and provocation to spare.
  19. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 2, 2011
    75
    The result is an uneven drama with genuine intellectual heft that often outshines its flaws.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 21, 2011
    70
    This small-scale film has more outsize ideas than it could possibly manage. Yet Mike Cahill's debut feature exerts a gravitational pull out of proportion to its size through powerful performances, a lyrical spirit, a succession of arresting images and a depth of conviction that sweeps logic aside.
  21. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 2, 2011
    70
    Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 28, 2011
    63
    Another Earth is being sold as an indie sci-fi drama, but that does both the movie and its proper audience a disservice. This muted story of atonement, forgiveness, and parallel universes is more of an extended metaphor - a work of earnest poetry rather than science.
  23. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jul 18, 2011
    63
    The hanging specter of a phantom planet puts a lot of pressure on Another Earth, a resolutely small parable of grief that often feels menaced by its big-idea concept.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    Another Earth is one of the most thought provoking movies I've seen in a long time. My initial thoughts were that this was another "what if"Another Earth is one of the most thought provoking movies I've seen in a long time. My initial thoughts were that this was another "what if" sci-fi scenario movie, but there are surprisingly few flaws in the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 minutes I spent sitting in a daydream after the final scene, trying to process what I just saw. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    0
    This was an absolute mess. The plot didn't make any sense, the characters are dull, and there was absolutely no explanation to what the ****This was an absolute mess. The plot didn't make any sense, the characters are dull, and there was absolutely no explanation to what the **** is going on with that other earth. I mean seriously, who the **** gives a **** about this random depressed lady when there is ANOTHER ****ING EARTH SITTING RIGHT THERE IN THE SKY WITH NO EXPLANATION??? Just another example of Hollywood thinking they know exactly what they are talking about when in reality, they don't. Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2011
    9
    Another Earth contains both an outward looking expansionist grand vision and an inward focused deep introspection. First, the external andAnother Earth contains both an outward looking expansionist grand vision and an inward focused deep introspection. First, the external and gargantuan stimulus is that another planet appears in the sky. At first, itâ Full Review »