The Other Lamb

critic Reviews

71% Fresh Tomatometer Score71%
  • Smartly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, The Other Lamb uses a young woman's coming-of-age story to explore the powerful hold cults can have on their followers.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ryan LattanzioindieWire
    It's about as subtle as a brick through a windshield. But in Szumowksa's capable hands, with Cassidy as her anchor, this one leaves a haunting aftertaste.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Although The Other Lamb is heavy-handed in every conceivable way and a few ways you'd never have conceived of, it has a special resonance in the spring of 2020.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    As a study in atmospheric seclusion, "The Other Lamb" is beautifully crafted enough to hold your attention, but you can't shake the feeling that Selah's next chapter - and Cassidy's - might well be the more interesting movie.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Scott TobiasNPR
    In reinforcing their themes of religious and cultural oppression, [Szumowska and McMullen] hit the nail too squarely on the head.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    As wonderful as The Other Lamb appears on screen and its cast embodies the story's tension, it feels as if there is missing something from the final picture.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Existing outside of time and place, "The Other Lamb" is a gorgeous revenge fable with an excess of atmosphere and zero subtlety - a mallet wrapped in gauze and girlish laughter.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alissa WilkinsonVox
    What makes The Other Lamb feel fresh is how Szumowska renders her world - in vivid colors and inky blacks, with slow zooms that turn their placid, pastoral lives into something uncanny.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Loren KingAWFJ Women on Film
    The women are pitted against one another in this chilling, often rapturous but somewhat unfocused depiction of how extreme patriarchal control leads to madness.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nick JohnstonVanyaland
    The Other Lamb's tone is genuinely creepy and icky in a way that really gets under your skin. It's executed with a great deal of smart style and polish, and well worth a look.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Alci RengifoEntertainment Voice
    It's almost a stream of consciousness experiment that works for the first five minutes, made by a filmmaker who has an obvious love for images. But it's an easy slip between having faith in your visuals and becoming merely pretentious.
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