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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

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May 21, 2018
The story is as simple as it gets, but this is closer to sense experience than narrative, the kind of pleasure that sweeps you up and sets you down somewhere new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 6, 2017
The problem with the film, written and directed by David Lowery, is that it's tepidly drawn, with molasses-like pacing and an anticlimactic ending that does little to keep the audience invested.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 5, 2017
Dark, dreamy and romantic, this is a slow-burning delight full of quiet yearning and brittle passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2017
In the end, you can't help but be won over by the combination of matter-of-fact grittiness, proverbial wisdom, and faded backdrops for fading lives.
June 19, 2016
It's one of the best films of the year, and its shrugging Malick comparisons should be taken with a grain of salt - particularly for those of us whose admiration of the man is held with some reservation and qualification.
February 12, 2016
... the cinematic answer to an outlaw folk song.
December 12, 2015
There's a good deal to be excited for in Ain't Them Bodies Saints; with another couple films under his belt, hopefully Lowery can develop a more unique voice and make a Badlands of his very own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 3, 2015
Director Lowery, in only his second film, offers us a fine modern-day interpretation of classic Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 28, 2015
Please stop it with the goddammed chicks twirling through fields of sun-dappled what already.
February 28, 2015
Lowery's beautiful Ain't Them Bodies Saints is about sometimes letting go of who you are for a second chance to be who you to want to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2014
The [film's beauty] is not just in the incredible cinematography ... but in the way the film holds back information, blindsiding you with tiny revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 20, 2014
A mixed bag of gorgeous images and sounds trapped in an only partially-developed narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 6, 2014
I struggled at times with the stars of the film... the role seems to call for something more brooding and charismatic, and that's sadly just not Affleck's forte.
February 5, 2014
David Lowery's richly woven, beautifully photographed Ain't Them Bodies Saints wears its dramatic sincerity on its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 4, 2014
Mostly it's a flattering array of poses for the sinewy young stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, whose august company we're urged to view as a great privilege.
February 3, 2014
Anchored by two strong performances from Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 2, 2014
An honest tale of love and desperation from a couple making ends meet, Ain't Them Bodies Saints might just have been Lowery's audition for the big leagues. And he nailed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2013
This is a story about inevitable consequences, fate, predestination, a striving against insurmountable odds. This the kind of story that critics love, but many in the audience might find it a bit depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 26, 2013
Beautiful and atmospheric to the point of oxygen deprivation, Ain't Them Bodies Saints may have something to say about an outlaw couple's unbreakable love, but the movie is mainly engaged in flirting with pretension.
November 14, 2013
Rapturously shot but ponderous crime Southern-set drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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