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Sweetwater (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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In the late 1800's, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones: "Mad Men") is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs: Harry Potter series), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris: Pollock, The Hours, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) who has pretty violent tendencies of his

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Western, Drama

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Kim Hughes, Andrew McKenzie

Dec 31, 2013

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This oater with shades of Weird West comic books has a plot too easy to foretell and a thrill level that dips with the rising of the body count.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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A revenge-fantasy Western that wants to luxuriate in its B-movie roots but suffers from dull direction and an even duller central performance.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It bludgeons with intent, even dabbling in some "Deadwood"-level verbal shock-and-awe; without wit or intelligence, it's merely baroque affectation playacting at depth.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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As violent act begets silly exchange begets another violent act, "Sweetwater" squanders its noteworthy resources ...

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There are worse ways to spend 90 minutes than with a mediocre Western.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A handsomely designed, occasionally funny but ultimately empty female vengeance yarn.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It's not particularly congruent, but thanks to two terrific performances and director Logan Miller's determination to make his own kind of music, Sweetwater packs one hell of a punch.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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The west has never been less gritty, less pulpy than it is here, with the locale fading into the background when it should be a character in its own right.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Sarah's would-be parade of vengeance makes for a bloody but bland reckoning.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

An excellent cast and the film's authentic period look help transport us back to 1880s New Mexico while watching a very angry woman out for revenge.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There isn't much insight into religious fanaticism or gender politics from the era, but the showdowns pack a punch.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

The Millers work known elements with flair, and their commitment to character is invigorating, making the eventual slide into bloodlust ripple with personality.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Unwatchable- one of the worst movies I've ever seen at Sundance.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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The tone in Sweetwater is as heavy as that firepower, and the film can feel like stiff medicine.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
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Audience Reviews for Sweetwater

A Western at heart, "Sweetwater" loses its footing on more than one occasion, arguing whether to be a serious, full-on wild west revival or an eccentric stomping ground for its colorful cast of characters. Most of the characters in the film are cartoonish in nature, especially the villain, Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs) who preaches to his congregation one second, kills innocent men the next, and sleeps with his many wives and even the lead at one point, playing out like the villain in a graphic novel, which is what "Sweetwater" should have been. The lead, Mad Men's January Jones tussles with his dialogue, often reacting as though a spotlight was suddenly shone on her without being prepared. However, she looks fantastic and wears the highlight purple dress with brilliance. But her gun wielding, smart talking character never quite fits her that well. The only performer that really wears his role the best is Ed Harris, whose crazy Sheriff Jackson is just crazy enough to work, but at the cost of not fitting the film, remaining an outsider that is such a good actor, he hardly has to try. Westerns can be difficult eggs to crack, but at least on surface appeal, "Sweetwater" captures the dusty essence of the genre, also bringing to light characters not often seen in serious Westerns. Had the cast been more befitting and had January Jones not dropped the ball, this could have been an excellent take on the genre. Instead, its the equivalent of a pretty blonde in a purple dress.
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