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Settlers Reviews

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July 19, 2021
Despite being mostly bleak and slow-burning, Wyatt Rockefeller's debut feature keeps the tension high and manages to illicit a sense of dread around every corner of the stark, claustrophobic setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2021
Settlers presents an intense and distressing story made even more uncomfortable by the stellar performances of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2021
Prince, in particular, who made such an impact in "The Florida Project," is equally resolute and uningratiating here, and the severity of Remmy's gaze, as she despairs of the adults and stalks off into the wilderness, carries real weight.
July 3, 2021
Kind of the anti-"Martian," a downbeat and almost forlorn "Twilight Zone" parable of sci-fi tropes running up against basic human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 28, 2021
In the ranks of cinematic journeys to Mars, "Settlers" ranks among the less fancifully and lavishly invented, yet it's all the more effective for its earthly restraint...
June 26, 2021
A refreshing sci-fi film with a strong human focus. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 24, 2021
It is a watchable film, but it begs for patience - not just for the plot but for its writer/director's inexperience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 31, 2021
[It] seems like it was an idea that was originally conceived as a short film, but somehow it got stretched into dull junk that trudges to an unsurprising and lackluster end ... There are plenty of better and more memorable movies about life on Mars.
July 30, 2021
There is life on Mars and it's a godawful small affair, according to this determinedly sombre sci-fi film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2021
Settlers may well appeal to those who prefer their science fiction a bit more grounded and thoughtful but the film's glacial pace and lack of momentum suck the life out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2021
Everything feels derivative and there's no real narrative heft to cling on to.
July 27, 2021
The power of suggestion is always a plus, but the film maintains a frustrating minimalist tack, with a lack of specificity that leaves its larger themes to dissipate into the expanse.
July 26, 2021
There might be slightly more beneath the surface than a Virgin Galactic rocket or Amazon-funded BezosShip in this drama, but it's hard to find gold within when there's nothing inside but inert red dust all around.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 24, 2021
At first, Settlers is intriguingly atmospheric, but the film's lack of concrete detail eventually becomes needlessly frustrating for viewers.
July 24, 2021
Settlers is so bare in world-building details that its characters float untethered, and a major mid-film reveal seems like a narrative shortcut.
July 23, 2021
It has all of the human drama. It has the stress and the tension and the emotion, but it doesn't give any of the backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2021
Ultimately, though, Settlers is more about setting a mood and painting a picture of hopelessness than explaining what happened before the story...it feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 23, 2021
As a result, we're left to wonder whether these characters aren't playing a terrible end game...
July 23, 2021
A somber drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2021
Even though it does not really work, as they say, Settlers does at least offer viewers the chance to witness the beginnings of a filmmaker whose obvious talents and ambitions will hopefully pay off before too long.
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