You Were Never Really Here

6.81 h 29 min2018X-RayUHDR
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Lynne Ramsay
Joaquin PhoenixEkaterina Samsonov
English [CC]Français
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Pascal CaucheteuxRosa AttabJames WilsonRebecca O’brienLynne Ramsay
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R (Restricted)
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3.2 out of 5 stars

3138 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 10% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 30% of reviews have 1 stars
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BassPlayerReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretentious, irritating, dreck...murdered any remaining interest in Phoenix
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Went in expecting to see a good movie with an actor I used to like. So bad it pissed me off. Deserves a negative 5. Art scenes and music out of place for subject matter; product of a sick, twisted mind. Moreover, what was going on with Phoenix's need to keep taking off his shirt? Made me want to reach for eye bleach and a barf bag. Longest 90 minutes of my life; waited in vain for something to happen. Most exciting part of the movie? The ending credits. Heard this POS received a seven-minute standing ovation at some effete film festival...I suspect applause triggered from relief of it finally ending.
303 people found this helpful
DKReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Film of 2018 So Far!!!
This is a very uncomfortable film to sit through. It deals with the horrors of sex trafficking of underage girls. The acting is perfect and the way it is shot and with the sound effects and music, it is just breath taking and pulls you into the movie as if you were there as a silent observer. Joaquin plays a guy for hire that tracks down and rescues missing girls. He is hired to do a job that gets stuck with him personally. I don't want to give out too many details because it is so good. You will not forget this film after seeing it. They play a song when he infiltrates a sex parlor with underage girls that will haunt you for a while. The film is creepy but you will cheer for it. It's just disgusting that this stuff happens in real life. Great job to the actors and director of the film!!! Best Film so far of 2018! I think this is Amazon's first movie and it is awesome! Great Job Amazon!!!
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D.M.Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lagging storyline
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Joaquin Phoenix is an amazing actor. The movie was too lagging in telling the story. The sound was not consistent as the speaking was very low while music and background noise was much louder... found myself increasing and decreasing volume.
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MacReady-Outpost 31Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joaquin Phoenix is back with a hammer.
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This is a stellar film. If you’re a fan of Joaquin Phoenix it’s a must see. It was great and brutal, like a modern retelling of “Taxi Driver” with an extra emphasis on the protaginst’s post traumatic stress disorder. It’s definitely a slow burning movie, you can pretty much tell that from the trailer and who the director is. Her films are very artsy and studious of the unhinged human mind. I’d say a good 60% of the violence is off screen or implied but the violence it does show is gruesome and grizzly which I think gives the film a heavier air. There’s so many scenes of silence and the protagonist reflecting that when something brutal does happen it makes it even more jarring. All around, it was great storytelling.
The only thing that’s a bummer about this release is there are no special features and these kind of films are the kind that would greatly benefit from director’s/actor’s commentary or a behind the scenes featurette. Regardless, I am still happy with this purchase because it’s not every film you get to see Joaquin Phoenix beat antagonists to death with a hammer.
Overall, I give this film eight Goldblums out of a possible ten Goldblums. (8/10)
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Movie MikeReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice mix of action and reflection on a social problem of our time. Worthwhile movie.
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Very creative and unique approach to telling a story about the destructiveness of sex trafficking. The memory flashbacks of Joe showing that though he had also been screwed up in is upbringing, he could still step out of his safety zone and help destroy men who were perpetrators. The point of view of the story is excellent.
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Matthew StiltnerReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
its a wonderful story and it shines a light on a very ...
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What an exceptionally dark, and very compelling movie. Joaquin Phoenix gave me this very creepy ,very Javier Bardem from Old Country feel. He was very quiet, and calculated, choosing a ball peen hammer instead of an air tank as his weapon, but no less striking and scary in its action.
While there was points in the movie that felt very untold and twisted around, it plays through properly from Joe's standpoint. He's losing his grasp of reality slowly and trying to offset the decline of his mind with pills, which it seems only serve to accelerate the pain and disconnection from reality. For those that say this movie isn't worth the rental cost. I have no idea what movie you watched, or what you were expecting from it. But to downplay the performance is doing a disservice to Phoenix performance.

While the content is dark, its a wonderful story and it shines a light on a very real darkness in our world that needs to have its images brought forward and slammed into your mind.
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Henri FulcherReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Trust the storytelling. This one delivers.
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Wow. Stellar storytelling. I love a movie where the story is told well enough that they don't need to pile the exposition into the dialogue.
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ChristyReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Phoenix at his best!
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This was a great movie. I kept thinking about it after the first viewing, so I watched it again.
I'm so glad that I bought it. If you like Phoenix, you will love this movie.
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