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The result is an alluring image -- Earth above Earth -- a wrenching story and a wonder-tinged film.
In emphasizing poetry over plot, mood over mechanics, Another Earth fails to answer the most pressing question of all: Umm, why haven't the tides been affected?
A pervasive feeling of the unknown is what provides the film with its gripping suspense.
New York Times:
A coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction...
Marling and Cahill's script is short on facts and long on feelings, but they do deserve points for thinking outside the box of their small budget...
Another Earth is a movie you take home and write your own ending to.
Wall Street Journal:
The acting anchors a tale that might otherwise have spun off, weightless, into realms celebrated by Carl Sagan.
Another Earth is one of the most low-tech, low-budget, scaled-down and engrossing sci-fi movies ever to hit theaters.
It's a film that brims with talent and ideas; it stays with you for a while after you watch it, like the way a shadow lingers on a now-quiet road.
Nominally speaking, Another Earth is science fiction, but it's more concerned with mood and metaphysics than science.
Instead of a fleet of Evil Kirks descending on us in souped-up space shuttles, we get a quietly moving parable of redemption.
"Another Earth" is being sold as an indie sci-fi drama, but that does both the movie and its proper audience a disservice. This muted story of atonement, forgiveness, and parallel universes is more of an extended metaphor ...
J. R. Jones,
Not since Shane Carruth's Primer has a sci-fi movie done so much with so little.
A gripping, intimate story to which science fiction adds a provocative, philosophical context.
Los Angeles Times:
Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.
Eventually the film reaches the point anyone could see it was heading toward - then blunts it by ignoring one big question and introducing another just for the sake of a twist. And then it ends, as abruptly as it began.
Like many an ambitious novice, director Mike Cahill has stuffed every movie he ever wanted to make, every cockamamie parallel he wanted to draw, into his feature debut. I salute his guts and passion, and his imaginatively careless way with genre.
New York Post:
Even with a clever final twist straight out of "The Twilight Zone," this crummy-looking two-hander is a tough sit.
One of the smart, effective things about Another Earth is that it treats the discovery of a parallel planet in, excuse the pun, a down-to-earth manner.
This is no less than a meditation on the infinite possible variations that a human life can take.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Cahill fails to give the preposterous story even an aura of plausibility, and the unforgivable subplot involving a dotty/enlightened old Indian school custodian is gallingly sentimental.
Globe and Mail:
The metaphysics function as a metaphor in what's an affecting -- if slow-moving -- drama about having to live with the choices we make and our need to find redemption.
Mary F. Pols,
A metaphysical treat, with influences that range from Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique and Blue to Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris.
Cahill's visually inconsistent first feature tries to beam epic sci-fi concepts into a micro-human drama, refracting its thought-provoking ideas through the prism of the central emotional relationship.
Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
Unable to organically incorporate their Big Ideas into the narrative, the filmmakers lazily lay them on top, leaving the exposition of Another Earth's structuring fantasy to a blanket of background voiceover.
There are a number of astronomical impossibilities here. What about gravity? What's orbiting what? And where exactly did it come from?