Cut Bank (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Cut Bank contains typically outstanding work from its solid veteran cast, but it's lost in a dull morass of predictably derivative crime thriller clichés.

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Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) dreams about escaping small town life in Cut Bank, Montana, "the coldest spot in the nation," with his vivacious girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer). When Dwayne witnesses an awful crime, he tries to leverage a bad situation into a scheme to get rich quickly but he finds that fate and an unruly accomplice are working against him. Thrust into the middle of a police investigation spearheaded by the local sheriff (John Malkovich), everything goes from bad to worse in this all-American thriller. Directed by Matt Shakman and also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt. (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for violence and language)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
A24

Cast

Liam Hemsworth
as Dwayne McLaren
Billy Bob Thornton
as Big Stan Steeley
Bruce Dern
as George Wits
John Malkovich
as Sheriff Vogel
Teresa Palmer
as Cassandra
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Derby Milton
Oliver Platt
as Joe Barrett
Ty Olsson
as Harvey
Sonya Salomaa
as Gretchen
King Lau
as Nurse
Chilton Crane
as Mrs. Steely
Tom Carey
as Kenny
Graem Beddoes
as Chance Stable
David Burke
as Match
Victor Atelevich
as Paramedic #1
Chris Krueger
as Preserved Guy
Mandie Vredegoor
as Chandra Blueford
Donovan Workun
as Security Guard
Marie Zydek
as Nurse
Kris Loranger
as Deputy
David Burke
as Match
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Critic Reviews for Cut Bank

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (12)

Quite apart from the equally apparent lack of the Coens's extraordinary visual acuity, Cut Bank comes up short because it simply presumes that guilt and evil already live in town, just waiting for us to arrive and see the show.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Deficient in charisma, Hemsworth lacks both the grit and grin that his complicated role demands.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

In this sort of film, plenty of characters hope to get out of their small-time town, while viewers hope to get out of the theater.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Like many of its brethren, the movie seems to love itself while hating its characters.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

While there's some undeniably inherent joy in just seeing some of these great actors play off each other, the sum here is a shockingly dull affair, almost made more disappointing by the talent it wastes.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Shakman is clearly going for a dark and bloody Fargo-style crime thriller, but the biggest crime in the film is just how derivative it all feels.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cut Bank

½

Why have this talent on hand then saddle them with a generic paint by numbers script? Watchable only for the actors in it.

bill secor
bill secor

Some funny moments here and there, but this is no 'Fargo.' The great cast, all of whom deserved a better script, kept me slightly entertained throughout.

Carlos Izquierdo
Carlos Izquierdo

Great movie. Intriguing, interesting, very engaging with great performances by some great actors. Some dry humor thrown in to add some levity to the somewhat macabre story. Really enjoyed watching this.

Ricardo  Rovirosa
Ricardo Rovirosa

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