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Foe

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for language, some sexual content and nudity.
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Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Sci-Fi Psychological-Thriller Adaptation
Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release: 2023
USA Release: September 30, 2023 (festival)
October 6, 2023
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Featuring Saoirse RonanHen
Paul MescalJunior
Aaron PierreTerrance
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Director Garth Davis
Producer Amazon Studios
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Distributor Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Trademark logo.Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), owned by Amazon® through MGM Holdings, Inc.

“Some people are made for each other”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A married couple, Hen (Saoirse Ronan) and Junior (Paul Mescal), farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior’s family for generations, but their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door with a startling proposal. The stranger informs the husband that he will be sent to a large space station, and his wife will be left in the company of someone else.”

Based on Iain Reid’s 2018 novel of the same name


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Secular Movie Critics
…Admittedly, the film’s oddly paced, elliptical middle section may leave you scratching your head. But then the twisty third act pulls it all together, sending shivers down the spine. …
James Mottram, Total Film
…Foe plays to the strengths of its actors, two of the most natural and subtle on screen, and is endlessly engaging even though it eventually stumbles into head-spinning narrative problems.…[3/5]
Caryn James, BBC
…At every turn, Garth Davis’s Foe not only fails to adequately redress or rework played-out tropes within its high-concept world, but its examination of marriage and identity is also hackneyed. …
Kyle Turner, Slant
… this stifling sci-fi misfire hits theaters as an epic botch job …waiting nearly two hours for a twist ending to stop their misery. Relief never comes. …
Peter Travers,·ABC News
…limp adaptation… It’s difficult to overstate how badly “Foe” fumbles its heady premise and firecracker cast, a film so dependent on its biggest secret that it’s both predictable and hard to grasp by the time the trigger is finally pulled. …
Clint Worthington, Consequence
…Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal are too magnetic to be mired in all this dystopian murk… The film is saved to some degree by the unstinting commitment of Ronan and Mescal, sweating it out in an environment that’s stifling both physically and psychologically. But the screenplay becomes so overwrought that it smothers any emotional connection to them.…
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
…It becomes a mess of concepts, issues, and messages, an amalgamation of errors in tone and story. …
Michael Frank, The Film Stage
…a muddled dystopian replicant love triangle… “Foe” wants to end with a big “Whoa.” Instead, it leaves us going “Huh, interesting” and “Whuuut?” at the same time. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety