Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews

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September 6, 2013
Lowery falls back on a number of clichs in his indie romance-cum-Western, drowning the actors in melancholy sunshine and letting them mumble like mad. What he gets right are the characters.
September 5, 2013
If it is a homage, this is an intelligent and accomplished one, a conscientious matching-up of style and substance.
September 4, 2013
A slow, banjo-string-tight thriller ... Bodies gets under your skin and stays there.
August 29, 2013
The spirit of Malick is evoked in this tender western starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
August 29, 2013
This Sundance-sanctioned, love-on-the-run melodrama is indie filmmaking of a deliberately timeless sort.
August 29, 2013
A lyrical modern Western that casts a contemporary but un-jaded eye on the romantic mythology of outlaw couples.
August 29, 2013
Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers.
August 29, 2013
Lowery has a lyrical style of storytelling that is delicate and subtle yet suffused with emotion and atmosphere. It's gentle and pointed at the same time.
August 29, 2013
It is not a large film. But Lowery may well be a large talent, and he sure knows how to cast the right actors.
August 23, 2013
Lowery has a way with actors, though. As a local sheriff with an eye for Ruth, Ben Foster is excellent and, in a too-small role as a grizzled shopkeeper, Keith Carradine proves himself yet again to be one of our finest performers.
August 23, 2013
A loping and lovely romance, steeped in tragedy, with a Texas twang.
August 22, 2013
The tone never changes. Scenes aren't inflected, and when the end comes, it registers, but without much impact.
August 22, 2013
On its own terms, Saints conjures a mood of stoic obsession at the service of a tale older than the Hill Country dirt it calls home.
August 22, 2013
A repository of fugitive Americana that's substantial and satisfying.
August 22, 2013
It feels raw, and real, and sets a tone that is sustained throughout.
August 22, 2013
The characters are too ordinary to care deeply for and the story doesn't add up to much, but Lowery has made a shrine to his actors, to the land through which they move, and to the kind of cinema that once sustained us.
August 22, 2013
A slow-moving story of devotion, obsession and Texas justice.
August 19, 2013
The feel of the movie is intimate and handmade, as if Lowery were renewing, lovingly and poignantly, the landscape's ruined landmarks and infusing them with his own memories and dreams.
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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