• PG, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Western, Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kelly Reichardt
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 8, 2011
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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Meek's Cutoff Reviews

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 27, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Greatly enhanced by the performances of Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood, director Kelly Reichardt's film quietly becomes engrossing - it almost sneaks up on you.

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

May 26, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There are stretches that are, frankly, boring. But the vivid details and intimacy you develop with these travelers sticks with you, leaving you in awe of the insane feats people had to accomplish in order for us to enjoy the world we know today.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

May 25, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

May 20, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is the sort of film critics love to praise because the filmmaker has done good work before; and well, there must be something there. Well, there's not.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

May 13, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Those with the courage to explore uncharted territory will be rewarded with a rough gem of a movie.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

May 13, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Meek's Cutoff" is more an experience than a story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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If you allow its windswept silences to work on you, "Meek's Cutoff" gathers its own snakelike sense of momentum...

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It's the anti-western western, a story stripped of Zane Gray romance, sagebrush and mythic heroes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Vast and mysterious, the American West of Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond's "Meek's Cutoff" is not quite like any other landscape.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The cinematography, by Chris Blauvelt, captures the rugged landscapes and rainless skies with a homespun elegance.

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

May 5, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Told largely in long shot, it's a painfully, beautifully slow film, which is understandable given the time, place, and situation.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 5, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Reichardt serves the broccoli of historical pedantry, deliberately withholding the delicious cheese sauce of entertainment.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Williams also starred in Reichardt's last, and best, film, Wendy and Lucy, and she clearly has a special affinity for the director, for whom she shows off her subtlest shades.

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

April 23, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Amounts to a master class in the power of observation.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Reichardt has stripped "Meek's" down to bare essentials and careful emotions. The cast captures that quality beautifully - like the water that is running out, everything is conserved.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Reichardt trusts her audience, encourages her viewers to feel comfortable in the stillness and the quiet, and to draw their own conclusions from an ending that's as profound as it is enigmatic.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 20, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Under Oregon skies, there's political subtext for the taking in this terrific, unsettling film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

April 13, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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It's a pleasureless, anti-sensuous aesthetic, but the movie, in its thorny, grudging way, is stirring, with many startling details.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 11, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Reichardt's westward-ho is a world of confusion, geographical and moral, a dislocation beyond the remedy of water or Bibles.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 11, 2011
Justin Chang
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[Kelly Reichardt has] taken on her biggest budget (essentially a thicker shoestring) and most recognizable cast yet, while fully retaining her patient, deliberate approach to narrative and attentiveness to nature as a character.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Fans of Kelly Reichardt's minimalist portraits will adore her stark Western, but others may be taken aback by the bold lack of traditional filmmaking.

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

April 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Our interest is constantly stoked by Reichardt's choices as a director.

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

April 8, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Without exception, the actors give understated but compelling performances.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's a deceptively small piece of onscreen art that resonates afterward with such insistence that I felt positively nagged by it.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 7, 2011
Ella Taylor
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One way or another, there will be blood.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 7, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A bracingly original foray into territory that remains, in every sense, unsettled.

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

April 7, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

April 7, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Kelly Reichardt has crafted a haunted dream of a movie to get lost in.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 7, 2011
Elbert Ventura
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It is an American independent in the true sense of the word, and it may well be the best homegrown movie we'll see this year.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 7, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Recalls Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man and even Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God in its evocation of frontier surrealism and manifest-destiny madness; the Reichardt approach is, however, more stringent and pointed in its weirdness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 6, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Who goes to the movies for 104 minutes of punishment? Where is John Wayne, now that we need him?

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

April 6, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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A cinematic immersion of both modest and cosmic proportions, beautifully enacted by a cast that makes you fully believe that they are these beleaguered characters, and make you glad that you aren't.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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In this quiet, beautiful and terrifying fable about a group of lost pioneers, Reichardt combines epic ambition with a focus on intimate, personal detail.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 16, 2010
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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A realistic slice of pioneer life that offers a disquieting alternative vision of America's most mythic location.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 9, 2010
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