• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Lowery
    In Theaters:
    Aug 16, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 17, 2013
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

Cath Clarke
Time Out
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A slow, banjo-string-tight thriller ... Bodies gets under your skin and stays there.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 4, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This Sundance-sanctioned, love-on-the-run melodrama is indie filmmaking of a deliberately timeless sort.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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A lyrical modern Western that casts a contemporary but un-jaded eye on the romantic mythology of outlaw couples.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

August 29, 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
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Lowery has a lyrical style of storytelling that is delicate and subtle yet suffused with emotion and atmosphere. It's gentle and pointed at the same time.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It is not a large film. But Lowery may well be a large talent, and he sure knows how to cast the right actors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Lowery has a way with actors, though. As a local sheriff with an eye for Ruth, Ben Foster is excellent and, in a too-small role as a grizzled shopkeeper, Keith Carradine proves himself yet again to be one of our finest performers.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 23, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A loping and lovely romance, steeped in tragedy, with a Texas twang.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 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
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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On its own terms, Saints conjures a mood of stoic obsession at the service of a tale older than the Hill Country dirt it calls home.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 22, 2013
John Anderson
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A repository of fugitive Americana that's substantial and satisfying.

Full Review Source: Newsday

August 22, 2013
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It feels raw, and real, and sets a tone that is sustained throughout.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The characters are too ordinary to care deeply for and the story doesn't add up to much, but Lowery has made a shrine to his actors, to the land through which they move, and to the kind of cinema that once sustained us.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A slow-moving story of devotion, obsession and Texas justice.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The feel of the movie is intimate and handmade, as if Lowery were renewing, lovingly and poignantly, the landscape's ruined landmarks and infusing them with his own memories and dreams.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 19, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 16, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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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: TheWrap

August 16, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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This is a hell of a film, a marvelous experience, far more beautiful than sentimental, so long as you don't have to have a mind made up for you.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 16, 2013
Christy Lemire
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A muted but always engrossing tale of young, doomed love.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The places feel lived in. The story feels like life.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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It marks the arrival of an immense talent who will be new to most moviegoers - although Lowery is a well-known figure in the indie-film world - and it's surely one of the best American films of the year.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 15, 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
Tomas Hachard
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints has big thematic ambitions matched by a grandiloquent style ...

Full Review Source: NPR

August 15, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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A wistful and wayward drama about an outlaw couple who will get under your skin and work on your heart if you're not careful.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 15, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This is Terrence Malick territory; you might guess that with the sound turned off, thanks to the bronze sunlight low on broad horizons. Still, Mr. Lowery stakes out his own distinctive boundaries ...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints offers no glib answers or smooth resolution, but there's no question that Lowery is a filmmaker with a striking future.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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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
Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
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If Ain't Them Bodies Saints seems insubstantial in structure, it may be because Mr. Lowery has chosen to focus on appearance over plot, which doesn't mean the movie is less effective as a result.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 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
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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If it's not thrillingly new, it's old in the best way-worn, comfortable and embodying virtues too often lost.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2013
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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Lowery isn't a Malick and he's certainly no Kazan, but he's his own man, and a filmmaker to watch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 13, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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a fever dream facsimile of an eventful movie

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

January 30, 2013
Peter Debruge
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David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints landed with the excitement of a bold new voice, and yet, there's also something undeniably old-fashioned in his approach, suggesting a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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An exceptionally beautiful, if a bit fuzzy-headed, romantic Texas outlaw saga that announces a considerable talent in writer-director David Lowery.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 22, 2013
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