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You Were Never Really Here

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Lynne Ramsay

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About the Movie

A former Marine and ex–FBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, and not just in his professional life. Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. He doesn't allow himself friends or lovers and makes a living rescuing young girls from the deadly clutches of the sex trade. But when a high-ranking New York politician hires him to extricate his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, Joe uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. When the men on his trail take the only person left in the world who matters to him, he forsakes his pledge to do no harm. If anyone can kill his way to the truth, it's Joe.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 187
  • Fresh: 163
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You Were Never Really Here is a demanding film, but it's not a reckless one. To watch it is to see a rigorous and intensely creative filmmaker at work. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Apr 12, 2018

Fresh: You Were Never Really Here is hard going: easy to revere, fascinating to explore, but nagging in its grimness and, were it not for the rooted presence of Joaquin Phoenix, difficult to believe in. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Apr 6, 2018

Fresh: Audiences, particularly heterosexual male audiences, still eat up the old rugged-individualist noir cliches. It's about time a female director of serious nerve threw the genre a curveball. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 12, 2018

Fresh: Through it all walks Phoenix as Joe, and rarely has this mercurial actor seemed so simultaneously threatening and vulnerable, unstoppable and lost. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 12, 2018

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Customer Reviews

This is what one calls ‘a masterpiece’

A perfectly balanced well-told story. Brilliant execution. If you missed this at the cinema, you missed a great time.

Waste of Time

If you like dragged out storylines, endless scenes with nothing but daily living (sitting in a car), long periods of no talking, crying, and an un-epic ending... than this movie is perfect for you. Very little GOOD action. A morbid and unenthusiastic lead character, the acting was great but the story really sucked cheez-its through the nostril.

So, see it, or don’t, but I’d wait until you can rent it first.


Wait until you can rent it.

You Were Never Really Here
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2018

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