Simplistic Reviews’s review published on Letterboxd :
At it's core, "You Were Never Really Here" is a simple story. Joaquin Phoenix is a guy that tracks down missing girls, but on his latest mission he gets involved in a conspiracy with two Senators and the latest girl he was tasked of tracking down.
There are some very scenes that I liked a lot and Phoenix is great, as always, and it's great to have him back on the big screen. His role of Joe is a sad and complex and you genuinely feel for the horrors he's seen and go through. His body is a roadmap of pain that would have the ability to tell so many more stories, but to see those stories played out would be a harrowing tale indeed.
This film is bleak and deals with things that make your skin crawl, but if anything, it's worth seeing one of the best performances so far this year.