Sweetgrass Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[The directors] portray something indelible by capturing the rancher's old-hand ways.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
The talk is sheep. And normally, I'd say baa humbug to sitting down with lambs for 90 minutes. But any apprehension. abates under the power of a documentary that's as beautiful as it is informative.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2011
As it progresses it begins to strike a subtly elegiac, unsentimental tone...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
April 28, 2011
Unadorned by narrative or score, it's an unsentimental portrayal of a fading way of life and the peaceful creatures under its charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
April 26, 2011
A tenaciously observed and a quietly absorbing ethnography about a pair of shepherds leading some 3,000 sheep on a 150-mile journey up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains for summer pasture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
April 23, 2011
The images, including sheep on the move up near vertical hills, are remarkable, the landscape spectacular, the unsentimental account of back-breaking, backside-aching work impressive.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 22, 2011
If Avatar was last year's best-looking film, 2011's award may well go to a documentary shot for small change concerning sheep. No, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 21, 2011
This beautiful and hypnotic documentary shows the agony and the ecstasy of herding sheep up into Montana's Beartooth mountains for the summer pasture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies
April 21, 2011
It would be foolish not to experience this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 21, 2011
I have no doubt that, come the end of the year, Sweetgrass will be on the "10 Best" lists. It is that memorable for pictorial, cultural and even moral reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 20, 2011
Sweetgrass is probably the definition of niche, but one dedicated to some of the highest ideals of film: it brings us information from a place we've never been, and with a rapturous innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 2, 2011
The movie is decidedly no frills, and it both lives and dies by this strict adherence to its protocol.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 16, 2011
A documentary of uncommon elegance and abstract expression... What always impresses about the movie is its here-and-nowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jennifer Merin
December 16, 2010
Sweetgrass is a film of record about the American West. It documents, pays tribute to a fast-fading way of life. You want 'True Grit?' This is it!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 7, 2010
Entertaining, despite its slow pace and general lack of dialogue and music. It is plain, but strong.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 27, 2010
An intoxicating audiovisual experience and a sprawling story that encompasses nothing less than the seasons, birth and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
So I have to admit, the first few notes I took while watching the documentary "Sweetgrass" consisted of writing "Wow, that's a lot of sheep!" over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 22, 2010
If there's anything we can learn from the creatures here, it's that any day in which you don't get stripped of your coat or eaten by a bear is probably a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2010
There are audience rewards for sticking with the herd and its lonesome cowboys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 28, 2010
Even viewers caught unaware of just how natural this documentary is could easily find themselves mesmerized by its unique charms.

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