You Were Never Really Here

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date:
April 13, 2018 - Toronto
April 20, 2018 - Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax
DVD: July 17, 2018
Blu-ray: July 17, 2018
Digital: July 3, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 2.50
based on 24 votes and 9 reviews
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Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olson, Alessandro Nivola


Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a traumatized Gulf War veteran and former FBI agent, whose childhood was marked by an abusive father. He tenderly and patiently cares for his elderly mother (Judith Roberts), who's suffering from dementia, in an apartment in Queens. Joe now earns his living as a mercenary for hire who tracks down missing children, armed with his tool of choice — a hammer — and rescues them from sex rings. 

When he's hired by Senator Votto (Alex Manette) to track down his missing 14-year-old daughter, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), and asks Joe to hurt the men responsible, Joe discovers there's much more to this case than he first anticipated. 

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Lynne Ramsay, Rebecca O'Brien, Pascal Caucheteux, James Wilson, Rosa Attab
Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay
Official Site: YouWereNeverReallyHere.Movie

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  • 1 star "This was Nic Cage bad."
  • 1 star "Yes, stay away. Boring right from the slow...sure, some "killing" but that's what a hitman does. Don't waste your time. So many movies nowadays are like much potential, but absolute crap."
  • 4 stars "Another great performance from Phoenix."