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  • Summary: In a futuristic society, where emotions have been eradicated, a man and a woman discover that they have feelings for one another. Together, they attempt to understand this connection.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Sep 14, 2015
    If you can get past the witlessness of the world itself, there is some very good work in Equals, and fans of the cast will be no doubt pleased with the connection they have in some of the movie's best moments.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 12, 2015
    For high-concept melodrama that's low on complexity, this very solemn film takes itself way too seriously. But it's not entirely without interest, thanks to sleek visuals and decent chemistry between alluring leads Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 12, 2015
    From Doremus’ side of things, it can’t be easy to depict something as subtle as “intermittent feeling” or “increased sensitivity,” though the helmer does a fine job of laying the groundwork for the attraction blooming between Silas and Nia — boosted by the resonant collection of electronic tones and chimes that constitute Equals’ futuristic score.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    Sep 12, 2015
    Doremus doesn't appear to take the world he has created at all seriously. The rules shift and bend, are observed - or aren't - according to the exigency of the narrative, which ultimately renders the whole exercise fundamentally unconvincing and fatally irksome.
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Romney
    Sep 12, 2015
    Equals just about passes muster as a solid vignette of love against the odds, but when it comes to futurism, its vision is dustily archaic.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 12, 2015
    The film has so little to say about forbidden love, and gives its stars so little dramatic sinew to flex, that it already feels like a footnote in the genre.
  7. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Sep 12, 2015
    Ultimately, Equals fails because Silas and Nia aren’t all that much more interesting as a romantic couple than they are as zombie-like individuals.

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