Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Ain't Them Bodies Saints



Critic Consensus: While conventional in plot, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a visually poetic film that pays homage to the New Hollywood directors of the 1970s and promises big things from director David Lowery.

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Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law - outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck), his wife Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), and a local sheriff named Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), who gets caught in their crosshairs. The film, which is the second feature from writer-director David Lowery, was developed at the Sundance Institute's Writing and Producing Labs and also stars Nate … More

Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Lowery
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2013
Box Office: $0.4M
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as Bob Muldoon

as Ruth Guthrie

as Patrick Wheeler

as Sylvie Guthrie

as Sylvie Guthrie

as Sweetie

as Lt. Townes

as Lt. Carson

as Lt. Brule

as Margaret

as Skerritt's Friend

as Stranger

as Midwife #1

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Critic Reviews for Ain't Them Bodies Saints

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (36)

Director Lowery, in only his second film, offers us a fine modern-day interpretation of classic Terrence Malick.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Consequence of Sound

Please stop it with the goddammed chicks twirling through fields of sun-dappled what already.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Lowery's beautiful Ain't Them Bodies Saints is about sometimes letting go of who you are for a second chance to be who you to want to be.

Full Review… | February 28, 2015
2UE That Movie Show

The [film's beauty] is not just in the incredible cinematography ... but in the way the film holds back information, blindsiding you with tiny revelations.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

A mixed bag of gorgeous images and sounds trapped in an only partially-developed narrative.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

I struggled at times with the stars of the film... the role seems to call for something more brooding and charismatic, and that's sadly just not Affleck's forte.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Dark and lyrical to a fault, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is an exercise of style over substance, but is elevated by fantastic performances from Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Keith Carradine. The tone of this western sets up a tragic story about consequences and family as an outlaw tries to make it home to his family, and that hopelessness is reflected in the (now cliche) backdrop of a rural Texas setting.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Simple, beautiful and achingly tender.

Very good Film! Good story which needs some touching up, but the acting is first rate. It is a character study, a study in melancholy told in real, human terms and not in movie terms. And maybe that is its only flaw, that truth be told, real life is less dramatic and more grimy than make-believe. This is another triumph for Rooney Mara who is excellent as a strong, young woman who desires a better life and a man who can't get it for her. There's great irony in the way events turn out for her and it's all totally believable. I was also impressed with Casey Affleck's performance as her lover and small time criminal. Perhaps the film veers too closely at times toward stylish vagueness and too far from the broken heart of the story. But there is no denying this is a serious, authored work of art.

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer



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