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In the rich umbers of Haskell Wexler's cinematography, Matewan does look great.
If Sayles's bite were as lethal as his bark, he might have given this a harder edge and a stronger conclusion. But the performances are uniformly fine.
In its grave clarity, it's as pure and plaintive as a mountain ballad.
Sayles must have meant his movie to stir and provoke, but the self-contained look of it yields something else -- a sense of quaintness, of harmless nostalgia.
When this movie stumbles, it stumbles honestly and sympathetically, but, when it succeeds, it makes history sing.
The movie works the way Westerns have always worked: In clear, simple terms and with straightforward dramatic devices.
The film is beautifully shot (by veteran cinematographer Haskell Wexler) and works not just as a tense drama, but also as a fascinating recreation of the shifting politics of the the 1920s, where workers' rights blurred with socialism.
This thoughtful film is real in every respect, right down to the plaintive sound of a country woman`s ballad.
John Sayles' period piece is an ambitious drama of union making and union breaking in the 1920a
Cinematographer Haskel Wexler contributes greatly to the look and feel of a truly special cinematic achievement.
For all of the binary simplicity of the film's moral structure, the question of violence, its utility or even necessity, is the great ambiguity at the film's center.
An old-fashioned movie that will make the hearts of all idealists truly sing.
Superb drama by John Sayles; Chris Cooper is brilliant.
With Oscar winner Haskell Wexler acting as cinematographer, Matewan is beautifully shot, and there is not a weak performance in the film.
Fascinating masterpiece from Sayles
The wry social commentary of [Sayles'] earlier films is gone; we're in mythmaking country here.
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