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Another Earth (2011)



Critic Consensus: Another Earth is often weighed down by placid pacing and ponderousness, but this soulful sci-fi nevertheless offers plenty of profound concepts to ponder.

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Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose? -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Brit Marling
as Rhoda Williams
D.J. Flava
as Himself
William Mapother
as John Burroughs
Meggan Lennon
as Maya Burroughs
A.J. Diana
as John's Son
Bruce Colbert
as Symposium Speaker
Paul Mezey
as Symposium Speaker
Ana Valle
as Symposium Speaker
Jeffrey Goldenberg
as Symposium Speaker
Joseph Bove
as Symposium Speaker
Jordan Baker
as Kim Williams
Flint Beverage
as Robert Williams
Robin Lord Taylor
as Jeff Williams
Bruce Winant
as Keith Harding
Natalie Carter
as Career Counselor
Shannon Maliff
as High School Girl
Stéphane Leblanc
as High School Girl
Jasmine Andrade
as High School Girl
Kara Tweedie
as High School Girl
Yuval Segal
as Television Reporter
Diana Ciesla
as Dr. Joan Tallis
Robert Phillips
as Radio Reporter #1
Richard Habersham
as Radio Reporter #2
Hollyce Phillips
as Television Anchor
Luis Vega
as Federico
Ari Gold
as Conspiracy Theorist
Steve Giammaria
as Television Interviewer
Rebecca Price
as Keith Harding's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Another Earth

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (40)

At its best, it is original and affecting, and one of the best American independent efforts at this year.

December 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

A strange, gloomy, moderately acted damp squib of a movie.

December 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Another Earth's central performances and ideas all impress, as does its pulsing, electronic soundtrack.

December 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The camerawork and acting are both "handheld": wobbly, ill-focused, exploratory, uncertain where to go next.

December 8, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Full of promise. Keep an eye on Cahill.

December 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Another Earth


An unoriginal drama about loss, guilt, atonement and so on, with a huge amount of clichés and using the interesting concept of an alternative Earth as a cheesy metaphor for a "new chance," but at least Marling and Mapother do a very great job despite the weak project they are in.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A nice little indie that only nods towards some sci-fi conceptualization but actually is mainly about redemption, and it takes its sweet time getting to even that. It's not absolutely boring but certainly closely examines that possibility.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


"Another Earth" boasts from very strong performances all around, and I am usually a fan of indie films that have a small scope with big aspirations, but this one felt a little too ambitious. As a young woman is about to get a full-ride scholarship, her life is flipped upside down as she is sent to prison for killing a man's wife and daughter in a car crash. Years later she falls for that man, creating very sensitive storytelling. By big issue with this film is that there is this entire other planet that is supposedly a duplicate of ours, while never focussing enough on that aspect in my opinion. By the end of the film, the big shocker did not surprise me at all and I felt a little empty handed. I do think this film is very well-written, well-acted, and extremely well-directed, but the technical aspects fail in a few areas. In the end, "Another Earth" is almost too ambitious for it's own good, but I really enjoyed it. It is recommended to people who like to think outside of the box instead of being outside of the box.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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