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New Jerusalem
A former soldier finds himself in a new land and dealing with unfamiliar attitudes in this independent drama from filmmaker R. Alverson. Born and raised in Ireland, Sean (Colm O'Leary) came to the United States and joined the Army, serving a hitch in Afghanistan. After receiving his discharge, Sean settles in Richmond, Virginia, where he feels like an outsider in his new environment. Sean takes a job at a tire shop and meets fellow employee Ike (Will Oldham), who immediately takes an interest in Sean. While the former soldier is a man who has seen a bit of the world and is open to hearing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is undeniably sincere, but it's oblique to the point of being opaque."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"While New Jerusalem's rigid formalism will surely be off-putting to some, there's beauty to be found in the film's sheen of placid grime."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
"An intense study of these two men and their barren work in a shabby store by the side of a highway."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unlike the soul-searching characters from Old Joy, which also stars Will Oldham, Ike and Sean always feel as if they've fallen out of the sky just for the film's setup."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"[Feels] like an acting exercise in search of a theater class ..."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
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