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.
| Original Score: B+
As it progresses it begins to strike a subtly elegiac, unsentimental tone...
| Original Score: 4/5
Unadorned by narrative or score, it's an unsentimental portrayal of a fading way of life and the peaceful creatures under its charge.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
This beautiful and hypnotic documentary shows the agony and the ecstasy of herding sheep up into Montana's Beartooth mountains for the summer pasture.
It would be foolish not to experience this film.
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.
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.
The movie is decidedly no frills, and it both lives and dies by this strict adherence to its protocol.
| Original Score: 7/10
A documentary of uncommon elegance and abstract expression... What always impresses about the movie is its here-and-nowness.
| Original Score: 10/10
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!
| Original Score: 5/5
Entertaining, despite its slow pace and general lack of dialogue and music. It is plain, but strong.
| Original Score: B
An intoxicating audiovisual experience and a sprawling story that encompasses nothing less than the seasons, birth and death.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There are audience rewards for sticking with the herd and its lonesome cowboys.
Even viewers caught unaware of just how natural this documentary is could easily find themselves mesmerized by its unique charms.
The movie celebrates a particular lifestyle and it's an homage to a dying tradition -- a slice of history that's fascinating to witness.
| Original Score: 3.5/5