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1BR (2020)



Critic Consensus: 1BR's occasionally ordinary storytelling is more than outweighed by tight direction, interesting ideas, and an effective blend of horror and thoughtful drama.

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After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises and threatening notes, her new life quickly starts to unravel. By the time she learns the horrifying truth, it's too late. Caught in a waking nightmare, Sarah must find the strength to hold onto her crumbling sanity... or be trapped forever in an existential hell.

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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (7)

1BR's unique timeline paired with its palpable tension makes for a memorable addition to the horror-movies-about-cults catalog.

June 4, 2020 | Full Review…

There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Sarah, and seeing her claw her way to it is often fun, albeit in a gasp-inducing sort of way.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Drawing on a fascination with cults and utopian communities, the director and co-writer, David Marmor, has created a mildly entertaining survival story whose depiction of psychological indoctrination far outstrips its generic dips into torture.

April 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Real-life details culled from ex-members' accounts of life in groups like Scientology and NXIVM give the film an edgy ripped-from-the-headlines quality, as well as reinforcing the sheer L.A. of it all.

August 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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All of this boldness pays off-the film's third act might end at an expected place, but 1BR stands out with how it gets there, and the unique horror along the way.

August 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The premise remains intriguing enough to make "1BR" a qualified success, albeit one whose ideas sometimes cry for a more adventuresome and assertive treatment.

July 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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