The Automatic Hate
Directed by Justin Lerner
When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.
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★★★★½ review by thejenmath on Letterboxd
Okay, I really, really love this. Yes, the main couple is a bit problematic, but did you see that look on his face at the very end? That sad, deflated look because he thought he heard her truck and he went outside and she's not there and he's so disappointed she's not there. In a world where Davis could actually have what he wanted he'd choose Alexis, but he doesn't live in that world -- or won't let himself live in that world and it upsets him. He so badly wants Alexis to be outside.
★★★★ review by zeenophobia on Letterboxd
This is the third piece of media I've encountered this week that has to do with incest, and I'm beginning to think there's something wrong with me.
★★★★ review by Manny Humphrey on Letterboxd
Let me just start by saying that you should definitely go into this one blind because whew boy
As far as random Netflix watches go, The Automatic Hate is one of the better ones available. I don't want to get too much into it because, again, going into this with very little knowledge is best. Just know that at the very least, this movie will surprise you.
★★★★ review by Michael Schutz on Letterboxd
I can't figure out why this movie is titled The Automatic Hate. I liked this one, though it's not executed that well: strained dialog, awkward transitions, iffy acting moments. The casting of Richard Shiff and Ricky Jay as brothers was truly inspired. Joseph Cross was weirdly wide-eyed through a lot of this movie. The big reveal is a good one, but if comes and goes so fast. It would have been more interested to learn what happened early, and the movie is about decisions and regrets and hope vs lost hope in the mental aftermath of the knowledge.
★★★★ review by monirom on Letterboxd
An intense drama about two brothers that so hated each other for what happened one summer, that their respective children grew up never knowing their respective Uncles and cousins. What unfolds is shocking and a little twisted. Drama at its finest by some of the unsung actors of our time. Engrossing.
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