The World to Come

critic Reviews

, 73% 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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    Leo BradyAMovieGuy.com
    The World to Come has commendable attributes, but I was expecting so much more.
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    Gary M. KramerPhiladelphia Gay News
    "The World to Come" may be a bit gloomy, but the romance it depicts is stirring.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    ... the tension slowly fades away, leaving an illusive dreaminess floating in the air that is not completely cut and dried to me.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Lovely as it sometimes is and impressive as the cast may be, it holds too few surprises and dramatic peaks to make it a stand-out in a genre that's fast-becoming old hat
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