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The East Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

    Metascore®
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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy 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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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Justin 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill 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 Today Claudia 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 Tribune Michael 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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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John 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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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Leah Greenblatt

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

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