Metacritic Movie Ratings
The East Reviews

4.0

68

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLeah Greenblatt

    The East is still a compelling portrait of what gets lost (and found) when a cause becomes an obsession.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterJohn DeFore

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Zwecker

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin Chang

    This clever, involving spy drama builds to a terrific level of intrigue before losing some steam in its second half.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAmy Nicholson

    For all its empathy and equilibrium, The East has nowhere to go after the script backs itself into a corner.

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