Sweetgrass Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 16, 2010
I liked it for 15 minutes or so, and then I found it intolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2010
An intriguing but overly demanding portrait of rural Montana that concentrates on sheep and their herders.
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+
Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies
April 21, 2011
It would be foolish not to experience this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 26, 2010
Mostly wordless and better for it..."Sweetgrass" is best when focused on the sheep.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 9, 2009
Extraordinary piece of visual anthropology that is as beautiful and involving as it is informative about a threatened way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 5, 2010
That rare art form of documentary verité, Castain-Taylor's camera acts as a silent observer showing the rigorous trip these men have taken for many years.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[The directors] portray something indelible by capturing the rancher's old-hand ways.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2009
With rugged reverence, Sweetgrass depicts the final sheepherder drive into Montana's Beartooth mountains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 6, 2010
The first essential movie of this young year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
About.com
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
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 9, 2010
Suggests the opening chapter of 2001 by way of Au Hasard Balthazar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 9, 2010
An interesting documentary about the last large sheep drive in Montana with cowboys who are not romanticized
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 6, 2010
Should adequately serve as a modestly diverting meditation on the changing scene in America.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
If you're used to the ADD pace of modern filmmaking, Sweetgrass will probably drive you crazy. If you can adjust, it could widen your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
September 28, 2009
Sweetgrass showcases an elemental intimacy between man and animal.

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