Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

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October 15, 2018 often excessively deliberate endeavor that's clearly been inspired by the work of Terrence Malick...
August 26, 2018
I've absolutely nothing wrong with movies wanting to be tone poems, but the lack of urgency in the plot really hindered me from getting invested in the story.
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.
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.
April 28, 2015
Please stop it with the goddammed chicks twirling through fields of sun-dappled what already.
February 20, 2014
A mixed bag of gorgeous images and sounds trapped in an only partially-developed narrative.
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 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.
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.
September 5, 2013
There is a completely numbing sense that this really is a lost Terrence Malick - that this was done a long time ago, and that cinema's cupboards are empty and there is no new stuff to make in a new way.
August 30, 2013
Grounded in Texas, aiming for something bigger
August 29, 2013
Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers.
August 29, 2013
Like crust with the bread cut off.
August 24, 2013
Writer/director David Lowery hasn't made a movie so much as he's made an imitation of one.
August 23, 2013
With ostentatiously artsy visuals...and far more concern for mood than narrative coherence, it's a film that tries to mimic the style of Terrence Malick and succeeds only too well.
August 23, 2013
Ain't Them Bodies Saints doesn't live up to crime dramas it mimics
August 23, 2013
Exasperating in its disjointed pacing, ceaselessly static tempo, and refusal to provide context and development for its nearly comatose characters, this lethargic art-house drama confuses painterly cinematography for overall cinematic distinctiveness.
August 22, 2013
The tone never changes. Scenes aren't inflected, and when the end comes, it registers, but without much impact.
August 16, 2013
As Ain't Them Bodies Saints moves along, its elliptical approach to drama goes from keeping us on our toes to dulling everything down.
August 16, 2013
It's a gorgeous film to behold, but writer-director David Lowery gets so wrapped up in the visuals that the storytelling lags at critical moments.
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