'Another Earth' Critic Reviews

96%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
63%
Rotten Tomatoes:   126 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    How on earth did this arty dud win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    A strange, gloomy, moderately acted damp squib of a movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Another Earth is one of the most low-tech, low-budget, scaled-down and engrossing sci-fi movies ever to hit theaters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    There are a number of astronomical impossibilities here. What about gravity? What's orbiting what? And where exactly did it come from?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    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 ...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Unable to organically incorporate their Big Ideas into the narrative, the filmmakers lazily lay them on top, leaving the exposition of Another Earth's structuring fantasy to a blanket of background voiceover.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Despite the cool visuals, its bold self-assurance remains unearned.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The acting anchors a tale that might otherwise have spun off, weightless, into realms celebrated by Carl Sagan.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    In emphasizing poetry over plot, mood over mechanics, Another Earth fails to answer the most pressing question of all: Umm, why haven't the tides been affected?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    A stripped-down sci-fi indie that made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    Marling and Cahill's script is short on facts and long on feelings, but they do deserve points for thinking outside the box of their small budget...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Anyone who can explain the final shot deserves a refund.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    This is no less than a meditation on the infinite possible variations that a human life can take.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Not since Shane Carruth's Primer has a sci-fi movie done so much with so little.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    One of the smart, effective things about Another Earth is that it treats the discovery of a parallel planet in, excuse the pun, a down-to-earth manner.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Cahill fails to give the preposterous story even an aura of plausibility, and the unforgivable subplot involving a dotty/enlightened old Indian school custodian is gallingly sentimental.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    The result is an alluring image -- Earth above Earth -- a wrenching story and a wonder-tinged film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Instead of a fleet of Evil Kirks descending on us in souped-up space shuttles, we get a quietly moving parable of redemption.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Even with a clever final twist straight out of "The Twilight Zone," this crummy-looking two-hander is a tough sit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    The wildly improbable set-up is merely the jumping off point for an exploration of grief, guilt and redemption that plays out almost entirely between two people thrown together by circumstance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It's one of the year's best indie releases.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    First-time director Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" suggests Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris" by way of Aaron Katz.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dave McGinn Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The metaphysics function as a metaphor in what's an affecting -- if slow-moving -- drama about having to live with the choices we make and our need to find redemption.
    Full Review » 3 years ago