You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

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You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor at Cannes for his role in this thriller from the director of We Need to Talk About Kevin.

"A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening." (Cannes Film Festival)

Winner of Best Screenplay (tied with The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Best Actor (Phoenix), 2017 Cannes Film Festival
2017Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, sexual material & content that may disturb95 minsUSA, France
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Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

Lynne Ramsay is an extraordinary filmmaker. The disjointed, dream-like editing style she uses is reminiscent of Jean-Marc Vallée—only instead of evoking beauty, she creates disturbing screen nightmares. You Were Never Really Here, her latest, upends the classic tale of a hitman with a heart of gold, stripping all romanticism out of it to present an ugly look at broken people doing terrible things to other broken people.

4.0
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Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

Trying to keep track of the number of soul-piercing stares in a Joaquin Phoenix performance is like counting the whiskers in his beard: not for the short on time or, due to sheer volume, the sound of mind. Given the actor’s unnerving ability to generate swelling intensity – like a kind of possessed human radiator – and his predilection for playing social misfits, he is a natural fit for the role of a misanthropic hitman.

0

Good at times

Joaquin Phoenix is great in this. The story is explosive and relentless at times but some beautiful scenes also. So it doesn't add up that for the most part, it felt a little dull and not entertaining...Perhaps too high expectations going in...

3.0
0

Slow-burn Phoenix

Slow-burn, moody, combat vet rescues kid movies are always in the shadow of Taxi Driver, but director Lynne Ramsey delivers the existential dread in spades. With shades of brutal Brit noirs Get Carter and Mona Lisa, a dash of Man on Fire, and a powerhouse performance by Joaquin Phoenix, it’s mesmerising, dark and broody, but never connects emotionally,...

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

You Were Never Really Here is a powerful assault of a film, but it's missing its director's inimitable poetry.

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Variety

Variety

press

Ramsay has made more sensually rapturous films, but this may be her most formally exacting: No shot or cut here is idle or extraneous.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Lynne Ramsay returns with a scuzzy, stripped-back thriller focused on the man, rather than the mission.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

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If you're still with the movie after the first ten minutes you're probably with it for the long haul (and possibly for life - it lingers).

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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In these staggeringly taut 85 minutes, Ramsay sees a hopeless universe in a jelly bean.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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The ghost of Travis Bickle haunts this nightmarish and humidly absorbing psychological drama from Lynne Ramsay.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's spellbinding stuff and Ramsay's sensual style of story-telling is undeniably compelling.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You Were Never Really Here presents as Ramsay's first genre offering, ramping up the body count and bloodshed, while maintaining her usual focus on unusual characters.

0
Collider

Collider

press

To watch Phoenix, an actor at the height of his dramatic powers, on screen and under Ramsey's direction makes You Were Never Really Here something of a must-see.

0
Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

Lynne Ramsay is an extraordinary filmmaker. The disjointed, dream-like editing style she uses is reminiscent of Jean-Marc Vallée—only instead of evoking beauty, she creates disturbing screen nightmares. You Were Never Really Here, her latest, upends the classic tale of a hitman with a heart of gold, stripping all romanticism out of it to present an ugly look at broken people doing terrible things to other broken people.

4.0
0
Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

Trying to keep track of the number of soul-piercing stares in a Joaquin Phoenix performance is like counting the whiskers in his beard: not for the short on time or, due to sheer volume, the sound of mind. Given the actor’s unnerving ability to generate swelling intensity – like a kind of possessed human radiator – and his predilection for playing social misfits, he is a natural fit for the role of a misanthropic hitman.

0
Vulture

Vulture

press

You Were Never Really Here is a powerful assault of a film, but it's missing its director's inimitable poetry.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Ramsay has made more sensually rapturous films, but this may be her most formally exacting: No shot or cut here is idle or extraneous.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Lynne Ramsay returns with a scuzzy, stripped-back thriller focused on the man, rather than the mission.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

If you're still with the movie after the first ten minutes you're probably with it for the long haul (and possibly for life - it lingers).

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

In these staggeringly taut 85 minutes, Ramsay sees a hopeless universe in a jelly bean.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The ghost of Travis Bickle haunts this nightmarish and humidly absorbing psychological drama from Lynne Ramsay.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's spellbinding stuff and Ramsay's sensual style of story-telling is undeniably compelling.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You Were Never Really Here presents as Ramsay's first genre offering, ramping up the body count and bloodshed, while maintaining her usual focus on unusual characters.

0
Collider

Collider

press

To watch Phoenix, an actor at the height of his dramatic powers, on screen and under Ramsey's direction makes You Were Never Really Here something of a must-see.

0

Good at times

Joaquin Phoenix is great in this. The story is explosive and relentless at times but some beautiful scenes also. So it doesn't add up that for the most part, it felt a little dull and not entertaining...Perhaps too high expectations going in...

3.0
0

Slow-burn Phoenix

Slow-burn, moody, combat vet rescues kid movies are always in the shadow of Taxi Driver, but director Lynne Ramsey delivers the existential dread in spades. With shades of brutal Brit noirs Get Carter and Mona Lisa, a dash of Man on Fire, and a powerhouse performance by Joaquin Phoenix, it’s mesmerising, dark and broody, but never connects emotionally,...

3.0
0