The East
The East (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 31, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tense, thoughtful, and deftly paced, The East is a political thriller that never loses sight of the human element.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The East" leaves questions unanswered, but at least it asks those questions.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Its the rather sensitive portrayals from each character that you will remember the most.

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Guy Lodge
Time Out

Its morally ambiguous investigation of extreme left-wing politics is ... light years away from usual multiplex concerns.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Piers Marchant
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The whole thing feels strident and naive, a well-meaning drama composed by a couple of college kids for their Environmental Science final.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

Marling and Batmanglij bring an evenhanded perspective to their portrayals of the characters and issues involved.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The total effect is affected, annoying and off-putting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
It's uneven, especially in its lack of real suspense and character motivations. But The East's moral ambiguity and complexity of ideas makes for an… More
KJ Proulx
Although it may drag out some scenes and have a few off moments, "The East" is a genuinely good thriller with very unique camerawork and a cast that… More
Cynthia S.
Good movie. The writing is clever and topical, and obviously hits quite a few nerves for those viewers who object to its criticism of corporate America. I… More
Everett Johnson
** "The East" is a movie that has a very interesting concept, but fails to live up to the potential it creates. It's about a movement called… More
Wildaly M
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and I am starting to admire Brit Marling as writer and actress. While some may love or hate the ending, I was… More
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