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Sweetwater (2013)



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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 own. (c) Arcmore
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, some sexual content and graphic nudity)
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Andrew McKenzie, Kim Hughes, Logan Miller, Logan Miller, Noah Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 31, 2013
Arc Entertainment - Official Site


Holly Lynch
as Joella Kabral
John Savage
as Calvin Cabral
William Katt
as Dean Taylor
Ed Harris
as Sheriff Jackson
Jason Isaacs
as Prophet Josiah
Luce Rains
as Kingfisher
Amy Madigan
as Madam Bovary
Kathy Lamkin
as Bertha Jean
Jiji Hise
as Gretchen
Tucker Moore
as Johnny Tulane
Paul Harris
as Western Townsman
Alexandra Kalinowski
as Alexandra (Singer)
Robert Harvey
as Ranch Hand Harvey
Laurence Chavez
as Screaming Man
Logan Miller
as Jacob, Levi
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Critic Reviews for Sweetwater

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

A revenge-fantasy Western that wants to luxuriate in its B-movie roots but suffers from dull direction and an even duller central performance.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As violent act begets silly exchange begets another violent act, "Sweetwater" squanders its noteworthy resources ...

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There are worse ways to spend 90 minutes than with a mediocre Western.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A handsomely designed, occasionally funny but ultimately empty female vengeance yarn.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sweetwater


Starting out like a somewhat regular Western, albeit with a really hateful and diabolic bad guy, the film goes more into pulp territory with each minute. While Ed Harris' shenanigans are fun to watch, it is January Jones who's the problem. The more her character enters the center stage, the less interesting things get. Fact is, she can't act her way out of a kartonage box. The movie gets bloodier with each minute but also less exciting because it takes a little more than someone walking around shooting people in revenge to keep the audience interested. By the time of the showdown you just don't care anymore. Wasted chances all around.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer


Westerns are not my thing. I gave this one a chance because of the cast, but I could have passed on watching this.

Heather Metzger

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