Them That Follow

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Them That Follow never quite captures the spiritual fervor of its setting, but the cast's committed performances make for an intermittently satisfying character study.



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Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.


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  • It does grip you because of the inherent nature of the story itself.

    Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Boy howdy, do the serpents ever serve a fine cinematic purpose: visual proofs of invisible things: faith, forgiveness, and the danger to self that makes it "a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

    Aug 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Poulton and Savage and cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz consistently deliver visually arresting shots, while the music by Garth Stevenson helps build the suspense.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Them That Follow" is the sort of perfectly acceptable film that nevertheless leaves you wondering how great it could have been.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The problem isn't that Mara behaves passively - it's that the character is too flat to gain our sympathies.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Coupled with a slow-burning first act, this feeling of disorientation limits our investment in Mara's plight. But the generally engaging performances and stylish directorial flourishes elevate what are otherwise flatly written characters.

    Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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