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Get Low (2010)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 140
Fresh: 118
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Subtle to a fault, this perfectly cast ensemble drama is lifted by typically sharp performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Subtle to a fault, this perfectly cast ensemble drama is lifted by typically sharp performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 21,033


Movie Info

Inspired by the true story of Tennessee recluse Felix "Bush" Breazeale, who planned his funeral while he was still alive, director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush (Duvall) since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. Gruff, confrontational, and ill-tempered, Felix has been the source of … More

PG-13 (for some thematic material and brief violent content)
Drama , Romance , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
C. Gaby Mitchell , Chris Provenzano
In Theaters:
Feb 22, 2011
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Get Low

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (22) | DVD (5)

Sweet and gentle and occasionally makes you crave a catnap.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

That the finale ends up being trite is a shame, but the long, gentle jaunt to arrive there is a pleasurable one.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The creaky foreshadowing is a big problem, and the movie runs in place for most of its second half, though Duvall manages to pull it back on track with his climactic soliloquy, which sobers and silences the carnivalesque funeral party.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Eccentric and ultimately touching.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

It contains yet another pitch-perfect performance by Robert Duvall, who has given more great performances over the age of 60 than any actor, probably ever.

Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It affords Duvall a terrific role, harking back to his screen debut as one of literature's great loners, Boo Radley.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a film about a man who doesn't speak to the world for 40 years, and once it comes time, the movie won't let him, or itself, shut up.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Highly unusual drama - with black comedy elements - which allows Duvall to showcase his refined skills.

Full Review… | July 4, 2011
Empire Magazine Australasia

The ponderous route of the film is livened up by the presence of the deadpan Bill Murray

Full Review… | May 26, 2011

The mighty Robert Duvall delivers an astounding turn as a man whose soul is burdened by the weight of regret in Get Low.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
Matt's Movie Reviews

Basically, it's Hollywood slush dressed up as American Gothic.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

It's Duvall's film, and he brings a gravity and poetry to Bush that sets him apart from the script's more prosaic moments.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
The Vine

Get Low is a handmade kind of film. Its ambitions are modest, but fully attained. I rarely use the words ''go see it'', but I hope a lot of people do.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

As if it even needs to be said, Robert Duvall really is great as Felix Bush; he reveals himself so slowly and steadily, as to unveil facets of his character and personality only when he sees fit. It's a performance that deserves a better screenplay.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011

Duvall shines in engaging tale of guilt and redemption

Full Review… | May 23, 2011

A performance film with soul and heart and a terrific sense of the place and time, with music to match, this is a film for the movie connoisseur

Full Review… | May 21, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Here's a film that grabs you from the outset and keeps you intrigued throughout its story about life, love and redemption

Full Review… | May 21, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Robert Duvall is 79 now and still hits it out of the park every time.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Duvall's work here has little in way of grand emotional declarations or Oscar-reel moments, but it is a calmly anguished, fiercely committed turn.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray lend their mega-watt talents to a undemanding movie. Beautifully shot but let down by an underwhelming final act.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Empire Magazine

Featuring some enthralling performances from Murray, Spacek and last but by no means least the great Duvall, you might find yourself whimpering unexpectedly in this looming yet comical adaptation of a Tennessee fable.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Fan The Fire

... as much a celebration of Duvall in the December of his years as anything else. He's mesmerizing to watch -- still able to electrify the screen and disappear into characters despite our familiarity with him

Full Review… | January 28, 2011

Get Low has all the modest pleasures of a well-told tale.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
Daily Express

Get Low's one saving grace is Murray's melancholic presence, which acts as a counterpoint to the rest of the film's desperate-to-be-loved banality.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011

1930s-set, treacle-pulsed snooze-'em-up.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
News of the World

Audience Reviews for Get Low

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to produce one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Robert Duvall is Felix Bush who is a hermit who has kept himself locked away in his own cabin away from anybody for forty years. Getting on in life he wants to hold a funeral party before he attends, and anyone who has a story about him is invited. But he has a story to tell. A very moving story with the secrets of the south. I knew 3 minutes into this movie that it was filmed in Georgia. Oh how I miss the South. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This is another linear story with unexceptional plot, only acceptable because of a sterling leading man and stellar supporting cast. This is a story of a recluse deep in the woods, who holds a title of infamy amongst the people of the nearby town as a murderer, rogue, and rapscallion. None of the stories concerning him are revealed, so we're under the impression that these people fear little and are accountable for their own biased remarks of his character. This is the first in a long string of flaws the film exemplifies with no aforethought. Yes, the quirky story is worth exploring, especially since it's based off of actual fact, but the way everything is executed varies in effectiveness. For example, the main character of Felix Bush is obviously drawn to the newly arrived Mattie (Spacek), a figure from his distant past. Instead of this being something tender and worth giving a look of honesty and rebuilding, she's simply an old friend who blunders through dramatic stomp offs and tantrums. If it had been better thought out it could have been perfection. Murray, who portrays a slightly corrupt funeral director, is very Ebenezer Scrooge with a hint of empathy for his assistant and Bush himself. I would say Murray is trying to cultivate his indie persona already in place from Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, but his impish charm is far more reminiscent of Stripes, and his presence is something I've never seen of him: dry. Each seasoned veteran is exceptional as usual, but the story just ruined it for me.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Great little movie. Compelling. Entertaining. What you should expect when a cast of experienced, classy actors get together to play out an interesting story. Robert Duvall excells in this, which isn't surprising.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A small movie with great impact, on me anyway.
And a great performance by Robert Duvall.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

Get Low Quotes

Felix Bush:
They keep talking about forgiveness. "Ask Jesus for forgiveness." I never did nothing to him.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Frank Quinn:
I sold 26 of the ugliest cars in the middle of December with the wind blowing so far up my ass I was farting snowflakes into July.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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