The East Synopsis
An undercover agent (Brit Marling) infiltrates a group of ecoterrorists.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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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Go see The East: So much better than expected.

By morvenwave
The East has splendid acting, and deep moral dilemmas. It's an almost perfect movie about the fate of our planet and the complex moral decisions among those who work to bring change - where is the...

Awesome, fully complete drama/thriller.

By earthdragon
This movie has it all, and is done really, really well. It's both a really fun, suspenseful thriller/drama, and a very deep-thinking, meaningful, and relevant movie of our time. It poses some...

Break Out Film for a break out talent

By LuisRCancel
This film will be remembered as the film that announces a great new talent: Brit Marling, who not only gives a magnetic performance but wrote and helped produced the film. The weight of working...

Best Film of the Year

By 2001mockingbird
This is by far the best film I have seen this year. I am going back this weekend with another group of friends. It's great to see with a group, go out to dinner afterwards and discuss! It is socially...

The East

By gully_foyle
It has something to say. Really. And well executed. Excellent acting too. Brit Marling (who co-wrote) plays a corporate undercover operative assigned to gather intel on Eco-terror cells. Her...

Edge-of-your-seat drama!

By 1982jessy
I highly recommend this original, intense spy thriller. Very well acted by the entire cast, especially Brit Marling. A movie that is both entertaining and socially relevant....

Bourne Identity (but with a female lead)

By carriemunson95
One of the best spy movies I've seen. I'd love to see a trilogy with the "Sarah Moss" character. Brit Marling has been described as a "hidden gem" who shines in this film in the lead role of the...

Interesting Film

By arcgue
This film offers a devastating critique of corporations that, in the name of profit, cause injury to people and pollute the earth. The plot line follows a "Which Side Are You On" dilemma in which a...

Why Does She Take This Job?

By dhilson
A compelling thriller with fascinating characters and moral challenges a plenty. There are, not surprisingly, a couple loose plot points, but they are quite minor. Overall, The East is a taught,...

The is East is not a great title

By grandmonancy
The East was an OK movie. It was not very well written and though the subject matter was compelling the movie was not. There were some gory grapic scenes, but the tension never really built. A lot...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content, Partial Nudity, Some Disturbing Images, Thematic Elements and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Possibly controversial messages in eco-terrorism thriller.
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