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Z for Zachariah

Drama . Science Fiction . Thriller

In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Actors: Olivia McLouglin , Chris Pine , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Margot Robbie
Directors: Craig Zobel
Release: 2015-08-28
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  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Maintaining a strict formal allegiance to reserve and restraint, [Mr. Zobel] shapes a dreamily elegant emotional ballet from glances and gestures and subtle shifts in power.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Z For Zachariah may not be a faithful adaptation of a well-liked book, but as a film, it is a lovely, powerful piece of work.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    Director Craig Zobel (he made the creepily effective “Compliance”) lets the story unfold in wonderfully hushed fashion.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The film works on its own terms, capturing, at least, the mournful vibe of O'Brien's book. What's more, Zobel's revision opens up plenty of space for the three actors who inhabit this circumscribed little world, all of whom are terrific.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Z for Zachariah asks us to suspend a good deal of disbelief. Ann is absurdly beautiful, and Ms. Robbie emerges as a full-fledged star, even though her performance is precise and understated.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Z for Zachariah feels like a genuine rarity: an American movie that doesn’t tell you what to think or how to feel when the credits start rolling. Contemplating our doom doesn’t seem like a bad idea when it’s done this skillfully.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Z For Zachariah’s beauty is its simplicity, Zobel telling the story with a minimum of fuss and resisting easy explanations for his characters’ actions.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The acting is strong, with Robbie and Ejiofor turning in performances that feel powerfully authentic, even in moments of ethical confusion. Maybe especially in moments of ethical confusion.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Like "Compliance," Z for Zachariah shows how terrifying and redeeming interpersonal relationships can be. We crave human contact, yet it can still destroy us, even at the end of the world.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Z for Zachariah has things to say about the tugs-of-war between science and spirituality, thought and action, men and women. It's just not exactly sure what they are.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The three actors work wonders. And Zobel, as he did in 2012's mindbending "Compliance," nails every nuance of intonation and posture.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ibad Shah

    Even as the story’s increased tension weakens its subtleties, Zobel's sensitive handling of the emotional tone throughout grounds the film with an overarching realism despite the far-fetched setting.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Its craft can be impressive: Zobel’s film possesses a searing, slow burn tone that’s beautifully controlled. The movie is admirably patient and gives breathing room and space for these relationships to bloom believably and organically. But the build to a climax is far too slow and with little emotional payoff.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Worse, Z for Zachariah is ultimately too dramatically slight and brief for its ambitions, despite its sometimes labored myth-making script and visuals. Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Far from contrived, the triangle that “Zachariah” sketches among the last three folks on earth is all too human.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The question of winning Ann sexually takes on an ugly character, and the film dumbs down fast. This is how the world ends: not with a bang but a wimp.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The descent into a tepid thriller of sexual jealousy slowly negates the abstract, almost metaphorical quality of this film — and it ultimately undoes the spell cast by that mesmerizing first half.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn’t sufficiently develop that turbulent undercurrents of tension and intrigue that are called for in the hothouse circumstances.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Z for Zachariah is a handsome-looking film (shot in widescreen, on remote New Zealand locations, by veteran David Gordon Green d.p. Tim Orr) and it doesn’t lack for provocative ideas, though it never digs quite deep enough into any of them.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    The lack of drama and heat keeps Z for Zachariah joyless without much despair. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and you’ll feel bored.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Fans of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 novel will likely be appalled. Those unfamiliar with the cult classic, on the other hand, are more likely to scratch their heads in bewilderment, wondering how a yarn with such potential is so suddenly derailed.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    What should be a sexually and emotionally charged atmosphere instead ends up feeling like an intellectual exercise, with the actors attempting mightily to simulate chemistry that simply doesn't exist.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Even an engaging performance by Margot Robbie as the proverbial last woman on Earth isn’t enough to save Z for Zachariah from becoming yet another ploddingly pretentious Sundance dud.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    The film squanders the promise of its scrutiny into how people recalibrate their sense of morality in times of crisis.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Aisha Harris

    Zobel and Modi have crafted a thoughtful narrative about the experience of navigating and attempting to accommodate others' personalities.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Terrific and gripping.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Julia Cooper

    Like its namesake prophet, Zobel’s film is about exile and return, but it’s also more simply about who we lust after. This simplicity is the film’s virtue rather than its sin, and a layered picture of right and wrong, faith and reason, emerges as the story unfolds.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    New Zealand and West Virginia provide the striking settings, and you can almost see what the cast saw in this as promising and meaty. But the script skips past deeper debates and doesn’t deliver much in the line of fireworks for the love triangle.

    Movie Nation Full Review
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