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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
A mixed bag of gorgeous images and sounds trapped in an only partially-developed narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
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.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2013
The film's highly calculated beauty suffocates rather than elevates the story's emotional underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 15, 2013
Lowery, it can't be denied, has Malick's moves down pat. It's the Malick touch that eludes him.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2013
Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers.
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Alonso Duralde
August 16, 2013
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.
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
August 15, 2013
...strains so hard for authenticity the whole thing can't help but feel fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 16, 2013
Lowery put 90 percent of his energy into the atmosphere and 10 percent into the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
August 29, 2013
Like crust with the bread cut off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 14, 2013
Awash in 1970s filmmaking and the kind of stylized folksiness that pickling Brooklyn hipsters with handlebar mustaches will positively drool over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 24, 2013
Writer/director David Lowery hasn't made a movie so much as he's made an imitation of one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2013
The tone never changes. Scenes aren't inflected, and when the end comes, it registers, but without much impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 30, 2013
Grounded in Texas, aiming for something bigger
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Please stop it with the goddammed chicks twirling through fields of sun-dappled what already.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
August 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
August 6, 2013
A thin, molasses-slow story that appears to highlight director Lowery as the next Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
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.
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