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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    You leave The East with a hunger to know more and a good idea of where to look. For Marling and Batmanglij that counts as mission accomplished. For audiences, it’s that rare thing these days – a movie that matters. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Provocative, issue-oriented thrillers are in sadly short supply these days. But The East fills the bill with its examination of the intense commitment and anarchic impulses of eco-terrorist organizations. It's a fascinating subject on which to anchor a spy thriller. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    As the cracklingly cool The East shows, they’re the real deal. It’s not easy to make a thriller where brains and guts are so clearly in cahoots. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Batmanglij balances emotional tension with practical danger nicely, a must in a story whose activist protagonists can make no distinction between the personal and the political. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The East makes for a passable thriller, as 1 percenters get theirs in satisfying, if incrementally implausible ways. show more

  • 80
    Jordan Hoffman

    This is a movie that proposes a genuine, intelligent solution, both for the main character and for us. It comes at you kinda quickly (and economically, in about three wordless shots), but it hit me like a bag of dumpster-dived apples to the gut. show more

  • 75
    Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times

    Marling has crafted a nicely taut, suspenseful cinematic journey into the world of corporate espionage. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    This is an effective genre piece. And Marling's quiet way of anchoring a scene is subtle enough to escape detection in almost any narrative circumstance. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    It showcases the evolving interests and talents of Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, but expands them and channels them into a more traditional thriller framework. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s too much a movie of “types,” and loses track of story elements that would seem important enough to warrant further exploration. The whole Christian conservative law-and-order mantle feels like a fuzzy afterthought on Jane, forgotten far too soon. show more

  • September 22, 2013 rh00000000139214
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    I would join these people if I could. People who make their riches off of exploiting the poor, poisoning the planet and it\'s inhabitants should have extremist like these to fear.

  • July 20, 2013 amysuesimpson
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    Excellent movie! I ******* was out in the main theaters. Best movie I have seen in a while.

  • June 22, 2013 jpewther
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    There was a slow pulsating whooshing sound in the background throughout the movies. I suspect it was in the sound system (19th & Brdwy in NYC). Very annoying. Two stars off for that.

  • June 21, 2013 dg00000000154255
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    Oscar nomination for Brit Marling\'s performance in this sophisticated, fast-paced, intense spy thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout!

  • June 20, 2013 attorneykallinen
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    Fantastic movie not playing in theaters because it lauds people taking serious action against corporate criminals.

  • June 06, 2013 Susi
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    While the plot weakens midway and those of us who are perceptive may be able to predict the climax, it still retains a good level of suspense. Cast and directing - A. Plot and subplots - B.

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