83

Entertainment Weekly

By Leah Greenblatt
The East is still a compelling portrait of what gets lost (and found) when a cause becomes an obsession.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Eventually it’s go time, and if The East loses a little steam on the grounds of action mechanics (a skill these plots always require), it’s never dumb on the subject of covert allegiances.
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80

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
This is a movie that proposes a genuine, intelligent solution, both for the main character and for us. It comes at you kinda quickly (and economically, in about three wordless shots), but it hit me like a bag of dumpster-dived apples to the gut.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Batmanglij balances emotional tension with practical danger nicely, a must in a story whose activist protagonists can make no distinction between the personal and the political.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As the cracklingly cool The East shows, they’re the real deal. It’s not easy to make a thriller where brains and guts are so clearly in cahoots.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
Marling has crafted a nicely taut, suspenseful cinematic journey into the world of corporate espionage.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Provocative, issue-oriented thrillers are in sadly short supply these days. But The East fills the bill with its examination of the intense commitment and anarchic impulses of eco-terrorist organizations. It's a fascinating subject on which to anchor a spy thriller.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
As slickly paced as a big-studio espionage movie, it nearly succeeds as a pure adrenaline-rush thriller. In the end, the problem isn't that there's too much plot, but rather a certain dramatic illogic.
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
This clever, involving spy drama builds to a terrific level of intrigue before losing some steam in its second half.
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60

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
For all its empathy and equilibrium, The East has nowhere to go after the script backs itself into a corner.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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