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THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"Its morally ambiguous investigation of extreme left-wing politics is ... light years away from usual multiplex concerns."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"A fast-rising newcomer to film, the willowy Marling is maturing fast, and encouragingly unwilling to dumb herself down for stock girlfriend roles. This is her strongest work yet and I hope a harbinger of much more to come."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Marling and Batmanglij don't fear or resent entertainment: They make effective thrillers... If they reach a major studio and bigger budget, they could be the right kind of dangerous."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Provocative and exciting, with bigger set pieces and a fierce devotion to character development, this is the sort of smart genre thriller that Hollywood needs more of."
‑ Travis Hopson, Examiner.com
"If you start off seeing the film's moral world in simple black and white terms - greedy one percent on one side; righteous activists on the other - you'll be left uneasy... but Marling and Batmanglij deliver gripping suspense and challenging ideas."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The latest collaboration between director Zal Batmanglij and screenwriter Brit Marling suffers from the same problem as their previous picture, Sound of My Voice: It's taut, compelling, unpredictable and completely wipes out in the final few minutes."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Marling and Batmanglij bring an evenhanded perspective to their portrayals of the characters and issues involved."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"The whole thing feels strident and naive, a well-meaning drama composed by a couple of college kids for their Environmental Science final."
‑ Piers Marchant, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Marling's committed performance is offset slightly by Skarsgård's glumness and the 'surprise' casting of Page, who plays the part like Juno grown up (sort of) and turned vengeful communist psychopath."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"The biggest issue with The East is that Batmanglij and Marling so thoroughly rig the script in the environmentalists' favor."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
""The East" leaves questions unanswered, but at least it asks those questions."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A watchably confused eco-thriller that's never sure who its heroes are."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The total effect is affected, annoying and off-putting."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Immaculately made with a thought-provoking emphasis on corporate espionage, it's just missing intensity and grit"
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"an engaging and almost uncomfortably thought-provoking dramatic thriller about what we -- as individuals and as a society -- value most."
‑ Eric D. Snider, About.com
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