The World to Come

critic Reviews

, 72% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The World to Come is made from ingredients that will be familiar to fans of period forbidden romance movies, but they're given fresh life thanks to an excellent cast.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    When in the presence of Kirby's warm and exotic pre-Raphaelite beauty, Waterston smiles with pure delight (at first, it's a jarring sight), relieved in the discovery that life can be more than everyday drudgery and pain.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    A love story of deep and delicate feeling if not strict originality.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby are beautiful together in the 19th century, rough-country love story.
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    Rachel Charlene LewisBitch Media
    What the film lacks in any real, tangible chemistry between its leads, it makes up for in its excess of violence.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a very damped down, rather straight-laced movie. It's not Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it's sort of Portrait of a Lady Lightly Singed, but it does have some terrific performance in there.
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    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    You long for something evocative and warm throughout The World to Come only to leave it with a minor shiver.
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    Bill NewcottThe Saturday Evening Post
    When they finally introduce an actual plot twist, about 80 minutes in, we're distressingly relieved by the tragic development, just happy to have something to hold onto.
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    Linda and Al LernerMovies and Shakers
    Despite the great cast, director Mona Fastvold (The Mustang) creates less than picturesque settings for the uncomfortable lives of these people and for us as an audience.
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    Caitlin KennedyBut Why Tho? A Geek Community
    The World To Come is the most consuming sort of love story. Equally tragic and hopeful, but always beautiful. ... thoughtfully written and lovingly performed ...
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    Steve EricksonGay City News
    The World to Come plays like a well-made but familiar genre piece.
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