Nikolas Hackett’s review published on Letterboxd:
You Were Never Really Here was an incredibly evocative experience that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. Lynne Ramsay’s masterpiece is a gritty and realistic character study of a man struggling with PTSD. Joe, played brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix, is a man with a haunted past who is hired to rescue a girl from a human trafficking ring.
This is probably the best work I’ve seen from Phoenix, delivering a very realistic and heavy performance. His character has so many layers, and is the backbone for the entire movie, which consists of a poignant and emotional story, numerous twists and turns, gorgeous cinematography and an unsettling score by Johnny Greenwood. This is truly one of the greatest films of the 21st century, and the year’s finest so far. Words can’t do justice to how incredible this movie is, see it in the theater if you can.