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Slow West (2015)



Critic Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.

Movie Info

At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.(C) A24 Filmsmore
Rating: R (for violence and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John M. Maclean
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 2015


Michael Fassbender
as Silas Selleck
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Jay Cavendish
Rory McCann
as John Ross
Caren Pistorius
as Rose Ross
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Critic Reviews for Slow West

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (24)

Slow West crescendos into a bravura shootout between all the involved parties, and it's as gorgeous, nihilistic, and brutally sad as the rest of the film.

Full Review… | October 14, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This is an often ferociously entertaining and substantial debut.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
New Zealand Herald

Slow West derives its strength not only from its multi-layered story but also from its spectacular visuals of a geography, which simultaneously seems subliminally awe-inspiring and menacing.

Full Review… | March 1, 2016
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

This quirky, confident Western belies the fact it is the director's first feature, and marks him out as one to watch.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Fan The Fire

It may skimp on its characters, but with a mostly successful amalgamation of various tones, Slow West is a beautiful and bold shot in the arm for the genre.

Full Review… | February 25, 2016
The Film Stage

Slow West utilises a massive arsenal of cinematic techniques shunned by most commercial filmmakers, and shows that an arthouse film can hold both tension and big ideas at once.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016

Audience Reviews for Slow West


Every now and again comes a film wherein all the characters are chasing something they want, and often that thing needn't be much of anything. So is the case here where we are introduced to several different types of folks, all in search of the same thing, in this case $2000, which may not seem like a lot now but back then was quite a lot. A nicely told tale.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A more than impressive debut for John Maclean, who revisits the Western genre in an intense story about a long gone time of violence and death, showing the West in its raw brutality but with a lot of dark humor, and backed by a beautiful cinematography and great sound design.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A bold, exciting, fun and wonderfully original directional debut from Director, John M. Maclean. Maclean shoots like Wes Anderson and has the Coen Brothers gritty storytelling. A fresh, darkly comic and pistol-whipping western with heart and great characters. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender are absolutely excellent. They have a charming and unique chemistry to them. I really enjoyed this movie its colorful edge, beautiful landscapes and compelling story. A sharp and vastly enjoyable movie.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Slow West Quotes

Silas Selleck: A jackrabbit in a den of wolves - fortunate to be alive.
– Submitted by Davy H (10 months ago)
Silas Selleck: That kid was a wonder. He saw things differently. To him, we were in a land of hope and good will.
– Submitted by Davy H (10 months ago)

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