Critics and general audiences will occasionally look at different things when reviewing a movie. When it comes to “Leave the World Behind,” it appears many simply can’t get over the long runtime. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 21 minutes, making it an ordeal for some who took their opinions to X, formerly known as Twitter. For example, one fan wrote, “Leave the World Behind is too long too contrived too boring.” Even when people liked the movie, like @DrewOfBorg, they criticized the runtime, “Leave the World Behind is very good but 45 minutes too long.”
For what it’s worth, Looper’s own Alistair Ryder sided with the general public on this one, giving “Leave the World Behind” a score of 4 out of 10. A big part of that comes down to what’s perceived as a lackluster conclusion, “‘Leave the World Behind’ doesn’t end with a twist, exactly, but the mysterious revelation it spends approximately 135 minutes building toward certainly doesn’t land with the narrative-shaking impact in which it was intended.” The ending of “Leave the World Behind” also comes up repeatedly in user-generated Rotten Tomatoes reviews, such as one person writing, “The actors were wonderful, but the story was terrible. Horrible ending! So many unanswered questions!”
This leads back to the question, “Is it worth watching ‘Leave the World Behind?'” Viewers should definitely go in knowing it’s a fairly long movie and plan accordingly. Luckily, watching it on Netflix means you can take restroom breaks at your leisure. There’s a good chance you’ll either love it or hate it, but the only way to know either way is to give it a shot.