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Another Earth

drama, sci-fi & fantasy


This deeply emotional and extraordinarily profound film became a must-see sensation at the Sundance Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    63%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Downbeat indie drama with sci-fi angle has mature themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this downbeat, low-budget indie drama (with sci-fi undertones) revolves around a severe drunk-driving accident and the two survivors' ensuing attempts to get through life. There's some teen drinking, as well as sporadic drinking throughout and mentions/brief images of drugs. The central car crash has some graphic images, with blood and dead bodies (including the body of a little boy); viewers can also expect threats, yelling, a suicide attempt, and a brief attempted choking. There's one sex scene (no nudity), and one scene in which the main character lies naked in the snow (only her rear end is shown).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violent scenes. How does their impact compare to what you see in bigger sci-fi/action movies? What is the purpose of the graphic scenes in this movie?
  • What would it mean to visit an alternate earth? Would you want to meet yourself? Are there any decisions you'd change if you could?
  • How does the movie portray drinking and its consequences?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    63%
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  • Audience

    66%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Another Earth takes has an interesting sci-fi-ish concept, but while the concept gives the rest of the film some gravitas and the opportunity for some philosophical navel contemplation, the actual concept is a bit weak and definitely a distraction. I believe it won't be giving too much away in informing you that the sci-fi aspect is in the title. Yes, suddenly another, duplicate earth appears; called earth II (and in a nice touch, one pundit questions whether the denizens of Earth II think of themselves as Earth, and that WE are the copy). There is a very weak explanation as to how and why, and I suppose one could swallow the concept - but for me it kept getting in the way of the very personal story that rests at the heart of the film. For example, there's a scene in which a family sits glued to the TV, watching a SETI scientist sitting at a console next to her laptop computer, trying to "get in touch" with the new planet. OK, if this was 1965 I'd buy it - but in 2011 - c'mon! As I mentioned, there is a very personal story here, involving a young woman who makes a critical mistake, and how that one day in her life affects not only the rest of her life, but the lives of others. Again, there is a bit of deus ex machine towards the end of the film that gives rise to the possibility that all moments are just reflections (our lives included), and somehow we might erase or get past those awful moments. This makes a certain degree of sense to the characters involved, but ends up being a kind of metaphysical hocus pocus, especially when it is revealed that this "other" earth is indeed a copy of our own - and peopled with other versions of ourselves. Another flaw in the script comes when the film's heroine (a steady performance by co-writer Brit Marling) tells the shattered widower that due to a "break" in the continuity brought about by the recognition of the duplicate earth, he could be re-united with his dead wife and child. One problem - that family unit would remain intact - in other words the widower would have to deal with himself as a rival. Aside from these missteps, this indie film has some very nice bits of cinematography and the core story of both the heroine and the widower slowly re-finding their humanity works well, though I'm not sure if there's enough meat there for a feature length film; meaning that the metaphysical, sci-fi angle is necessary even if it detracts.

- paulsandberg, Sunday, November 4, 2012

3 stars

Another Earth takes has an interesting sci-fi-ish concept, but while the concept gives the rest of the film some gravitas and the opportunity for some philosophical navel contemplation, the actual concept is a bit weak and definitely a distraction. I believe it won't be giving too much away in informing you that the sci-fi aspect is in the title. Yes, suddenly another, duplicate earth appears; called earth II (and in a nice touch, one pundit questions whether the denizens of Earth II think of themselves as Earth, and that WE are the copy). There is a very weak explanation as to how and why, and I suppose one could swallow the concept - but for me it kept getting in the way of the very personal story that rests at the heart of the film. For example, there's a scene in which a family sits glued to the TV, watching a SETI scientist sitting at a console next to her laptop computer, trying to "get in touch" with the new planet. OK, if this was 1965 I'd buy it - but in 2011 - c'mon! As I mentioned, there is a very personal story here, involving a young woman who makes a critical mistake, and how that one day in her life affects not only the rest of her life, but the lives of others. Again, there is a bit of deus ex machine towards the end of the film that gives rise to the possibility that all moments are just reflections (our lives included), and somehow we might erase or get past those awful moments. This makes a certain degree of sense to the characters involved, but ends up being a kind of metaphysical hocus pocus, especially when it is revealed that this "other" earth is indeed a copy of our own - and peopled with other versions of ourselves. Another flaw in the script comes when the film's heroine (a steady performance by co-writer Brit Marling) tells the shattered widower that due to a "break" in the continuity brought about by the recognition of the duplicate earth, he could be re-united with his dead wife and child. One problem - that family unit would remain intact - in other words the widower would have to deal with himself as a rival. Aside from these missteps, this indie film has some very nice bits of cinematography and the core story of both the heroine and the widower slowly re-finding their humanity works well, though I'm not sure if there's enough meat there for a feature length film; meaning that the metaphysical, sci-fi angle is necessary even if it detracts.

- paulsandberg, Sunday, November 4, 2012

3 stars

Different. Unusual. Interesting....slow. But, the ending was quite good, and left me contemplating what it meant. Any movie that does that for me is ok in my book.....

- itsjustme2004, Tuesday, August 28, 2012