Stop-Zemlia

critic Reviews

, 87% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    There's something rather innocent about this depiction, which isn't trying to be a scandalous or searing portrait of youth but to create an emotionally authentic representation of this hypercharged and sensitive age.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Elizabeth WeitzmanTheWrap
    Thoughtful interstitial interviews with several of the teens feel fully real, and add depth. It helps, too, that the young actors are so comfortable in their roles, perhaps partly as the result of an immersive, months-long preparation process.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alexandra Heller-NicholasAWFJ Women on Film
    Stop-Zemlia is an intelligent film about a demographic who are so often approached by adult filmmakers in ways that miss all the nuance, fragility and genuine joy that this film brings to life.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Josh BellCrooked Marquee
    Not much happens in this aimless Ukrainian teen drama, but writer-director Kateryna Gornostai creates an appealingly naturalistic portrait of a group of high schoolers.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Susan WloszczynaAWFJ Women on Film
    In Stop-Zemlia, Ukrainian filmmaker Kateryna Gornostai, known for her documentary work, uses her tools to crack open what it's like to be Sweet 16 and in high school in this Eastern Europe country.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Cate MarquisAWFJ Women on Film
    The Ukrainian high school students in Kateryna Gornostai's STOP-ZEMLIA seem like teenagers anywhere in many ways, and yet they don't...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alex SavelievFilm Threat
    It's been a while since the angst and effervescence of youth have been as realistically depicted as they are in Ukrainian writer-director Kateryna Gornostai's feature-length debut Stop-Zemlia.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sherin NicoleAWFJ Women on Film
    Stop-Zemlia is very much like America's Euphoria. That sense of dancing among the tall weeds of teenaged life while wondering if your next dizzied step will lead to adulthood or something worse.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    lacking a more coherent organizing principle than "fly on the wall/slice of life" renders "Stop-Zemlia" ...somewhat colorless, if not entirely pointless.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katie HoganFILMHOUNDS Magazine
    Beautifully shot and aesthetically pleasing in terms of structure. Stop Zemlia shows that not everything associated with teenagers or youth adults has to be overly dramatic and sensational, we just need more films like this.
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