Another Earth

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  • Summary: In another earth, Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of aIn another earth, Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. (Fox Searchlight) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  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: Roger Ebert
    Jul 29, 2011
    88
    What's impressive is how well this film joins its parts into a whole.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    Another Earth has heft - emotionally, intellectually.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 21, 2011
    60
    A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction.
  7. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 20, 2011
    25
    It's one of those stultifying aftermath-of-
a-car-crash movies.

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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. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2012
    9
    I first watched this film in January 2012 on a flight from Hong Kong to Detroit, and I thought it might be a masterpiece. It's now OctoberI first watched this film in January 2012 on a flight from Hong Kong to Detroit, and I thought it might be a masterpiece. It's now October 2012, I've watched it twice more (at sea level), and I still think it might be a masterpiece. Expand
  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 Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2013
    8
    ANOTHER EARTH is an acclaimed indie output from 2011 which brings us a rising actress Brit Marling and a director on Hollywood’s watch-list,ANOTHER EARTH is an acclaimed indie output from 2011 which brings us a rising actress Brit Marling and a director on Hollywood’s watch-list, Mike Cahill, his feature debut is a soft Sci-Fi allegory (another earth appears on sight and breaks synchronicity of the parallel worlds) varnished with a mumblecore maneuver which tackles the redemption after an inadvertent car accident.

    On the night of the emergence of earth no.2, Rhoda (Marling) was behind the wheel and under the influence, being enraptured by the unfathomable discovery, she ran into another car and instantly killed the wife and son of professor John Burroughs (Mapother). Being a minor at that time, Rhoda was only sentenced in jail for four years, when she was released, she found out John had awaken from a coma, so she approached him as a cleaner, meanwhile she also applied to be a volunteer recruited as the first earthling contingent to embark on another earth. When her entanglement with John went beyond her grip, another earth might purvey another chance both for his loss and her repentance.

    Curbed by its meager budget, in certain moments, the movie looks rather substandard in its home video quality, but it doesn’t discourage the crew to get the best out of what they have, the gradually enlarging images of earth no.2 sometimes with the accompany of the moon are so uncanny as to render the context a supernormal mood, as if there are undercurrents are running beneath the surface, a pre-apocalypse restlessness keeps invading us. That’s why it is a marvelous film, it creates something much bigger than its fodder suggests and leaves no loose end, Marling and Cahill wrote a truly innovative script and the ending is bewilderingly unexpected in a way but also intrigues different interpretations of what had happened on that unknown planet, its mirror theory of parallel spaces is not new, but is applied smartly into the plot and does widen our horizons.

    Marling is an out-and-out leading lady material, she balks, rues, hesitates, dares to face the consequences of her behavior, she listens, feels, generates an ineffaceable presence with subdued sentiments and forces audiences never lose attention towards her. Mapother (a veteran from TV series LOST), comes strong as a grieve-ridden widower, it is a substantial role for him to show his capacity and he is great not to mention his unique string performance with a saw, such a whimsical bravura to evoke a girl’s libido! By the way, the score manufactured by Fall On Your Sword is absolutely on the nose.

    ANOTHER EARTH is covered with a (not so fancy) Sci-fi coat, inside it delves into the deepest nexus between two wounded souls, one is an offender and another is the victim, but once a deception arrives as handy as a prelude, the fence can never be mended, even it is on another earth.

    PS: The film and director Cahill are new-entries into my Top 10 list, plus both Marling and Mapother are among Top 5 in their respective acting branch of 2011.
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  5. Jul 24, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I like the stripped-down look of the movie, and the theme is interesting (no matter how preposterous it is - and how much better it was fleshed our in Fringe and tens of other sci-fi franchises). As a post-crash story, it's fairly conventional, but both lead actors are terrific. I had no idea that Brit Marling also wrote the story - good for her. The way the movie ends is a big no-no in many circles. Again, I've tried it in my own writing and have gotten bludgeoned for doing it. But I appreciate the questions it raises. If this were a mini-series or full TV season that were to end on that note, you'd probably have many more angry viewers, but for a 2-hour movie, I suppose it's an acceptable tactic. Expand
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    5
    Nice acting, but not much of a story. I really enjoyed the restrained style of this film, but the story never really amounted to much moreNice acting, but not much of a story. I really enjoyed the restrained style of this film, but the story never really amounted to much more than a typical after-school special. (And the sage, self-blinded Indian janitor was just completely ridiculous and a bit offensive.) Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2015
    0
    The best thing about this movie is that it's only about an hour and a half long. However, you'll be spending all your time waiting forThe best thing about this movie is that it's only about an hour and a half long. However, you'll be spending all your time waiting for something that never really happens. There is no real plot twist or any visual appeal. What you get is a terrible drama that would have been better off without the other Earth gimmick. Another Earth is undoubtedly the worst movie I've seen to date. Expand

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