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73% Tomatometer 161 Reviews 35% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Amanda (Academy Award winner Julia Roberts) and her husband Clay (Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke), rent a luxurious home for the weekend with their kids, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie). Their vacation is soon upended when two strangers -- G.H. (Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali) and his daughter Ruth (Myha'la) -- arrive in the night, bearing news of a mysterious cyberattack and seeking refuge in the house they claim is theirs. The two families reckon with a looming disaster that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world. Read More Read Less Watch on Netflix Stream Now

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An exceptionally well-acted apocalyptic thriller, Leave the World Behind steadily draws the viewer in despite its leisurely pace and somewhat simplistic messaging.

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After a pretty strong start, Leave the World Behind loses its way, fumbling an interesting premise with unlikable characters, unbelievable dialogue, and a disappointing ending.

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Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Lillian Crawford Empire Magazine The tension is breathless and well-constructed, but since they begin with the dial at eleven, there is nowhere to go throughout the film’s exhausting 140 minutes. Rated: 2/5 Mar 15, 2024 Full Review Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Rafer Guzman Newsday The end of the world is always a valuable thought experiment; it makes us start asking important questions. Alam’s book wondered: “What if?” But Esmail’s movie mostly wants to know: “How come?” Rated: 2/4 Dec 20, 2023 Full Review Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Wenlei Ma PerthNow We’re not in control, but Sam Esmail is of his startling, character-driven doomsday story about what happens when there’s the very real possibility everything is about to end. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 19, 2023 Full Review Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Nelson Acosta Koimoi In these times when people see more differences than similarities, it feels important to remember that even when you probably don’t like most people you meet, we are the only thing we have for each other. Rated: 4/5 Jul 3, 2024 Full Review Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (5) William Schwartz Book & Film Globe a devious film in that it’s just barely mysterious and intriguing enough that you want some kind of explanation, no matter how obvious it becomes that the explanation is going to be incredibly stupid. May 4, 2024 Full Review Leave the World Behind (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Armond White National Review The most insolent executive-office musing ever committed to film -- a full-out assault on the nation’s people. Apr 12, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steven Really tense and thought provoking movie that is also a lot of fun, like early Spielberg. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/27/23 Full Review Remzy The last scene made me smile. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review Robyn K Film was well made and the acting was terrific. The subject matter, however, was quite perturbing...as it is so close to what we're potentially really facing. People, wake up and smell the coffee... Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/23/23 Full Review Mike H After a slow start, things start to get weird and then the movie ends. Worst plot and ending ever. Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/10/24 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely terrible movie. Slow to start, starts to get a little better then ends. Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/10/24 Full Review Subtle S I really, really liked the film.... but detested the music choices.... took a whole star off .... that's how bad the music choices in this film was.... Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/09/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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Sam Esmail Director Julia Roberts Amanda Sandford Mahershala Ali G. H. Scott Ethan Hawke Clay Sandford Myha'la Herrold Ruth Scott Kevin Bacon Danny
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Synopsis In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Amanda (Academy Award winner Julia Roberts) and her husband Clay (Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke), rent a luxurious home for the weekend with their kids, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie). Their vacation is soon upended when two strangers -- G.H. (Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali) and his daughter Ruth (Myha'la) -- arrive in the night, bearing news of a mysterious cyberattack and seeking refuge in the house they claim is theirs. The two families reckon with a looming disaster that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world.

Director
Sam Esmail

Producer
Sam Esmail, Marisa Yeres Gill, Lisa Roberts Gillan, Chad Hamilton, Julia Roberts

Screenwriter
Sam Esmail

Distributor
Netflix

Production Co
Red Om Films, Esmail Corp., Netflix Studios, Higher Ground Productions

Rating
R (Language|Drug Use|Brief Bloody Images|Some Sexual Content)

Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Drama

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 22, 2023, Limited

Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 8, 2023

Runtime
2h 20m

Sound Mix
Dolby Digital
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