• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Lowery
    In Theaters:
    Aug 16, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 17, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2014
Russell Hainline
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 Source: Movie Mezzanine

February 6, 2014
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

The film's highly calculated beauty suffocates rather than elevates the story's emotional underpinnings.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club

Lowery, it can't be denied, has Malick's moves down pat. It's the Malick touch that eludes him.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 15, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 29, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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It's a gorgeous film to behold, but writer-director David Lowery gets so wrapped up in the visuals that the storytelling lags at critical moments.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

August 16, 2013
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket

...strains so hard for authenticity the whole thing can't help but feel fake.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 15, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The shadow of Terrence Malick falls hard across this Texas crime drama, a beautiful-looking prose poem that starts strong but winds up with nowhere to go.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 15, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Lowery put 90 percent of his energy into the atmosphere and 10 percent into the script.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

Like crust with the bread cut off.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

August 29, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Awash in 1970s filmmaking and the kind of stylized folksiness that pickling Brooklyn hipsters with handlebar mustaches will positively drool over.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Writer/director David Lowery hasn't made a movie so much as he's made an imitation of one.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

August 24, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This film's longing for ... for a simple, elemental truth that will be both specific to its time and place and ripe with deeper meanings - is precisely what makes it unconvincing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The tone never changes. Scenes aren't inflected, and when the end comes, it registers, but without much impact.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Grounded in Texas, aiming for something bigger

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

August 30, 2013
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

There is a completely numbing sense that this really is a lost Terrence Malick - that this was done a long time ago, and that cinema's cupboards are empty and there is no new stuff to make in a new way.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2013
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Exasperating in its disjointed pacing, ceaselessly static tempo, and refusal to provide context and development for its nearly comatose characters, this lethargic art-house drama confuses painterly cinematography for overall cinematic distinctiveness.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2013
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A thin, molasses-slow story that appears to highlight director Lowery as the next Terrence Malick.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

August 6, 2013
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Mostly it's a flattering array of poses for the sinewy young stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, whose august company we're urged to view as a great privilege.

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

February 4, 2014
Bilge Ebiri
Vulture

As Ain't Them Bodies Saints moves along, its elliptical approach to drama goes from keeping us on our toes to dulling everything down.

Full Review Source: Vulture

August 16, 2013
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