Cutter's Way Reviews

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August 16, 2019
Richly compelling.
December 28, 2018
...as damning an indictment of American society and post-Vietnam disillusionment as anything produced by New Hollywood...
May 7, 2016
Cutter's Way is at once an American film of its time and for all ensuing times, an ugly-truth endeavor examining a nation in which the rich and powerful literally get away with murder while the poor and pitiful barely exist at all.
January 31, 2015
An inspiring film, it is constructed like a thriller; but instead of reaching for thrills, it leaves them in the background and concentrates on the complexities of its characters.
June 24, 2011
Almost as impressive as Polanski's Chinatown and an extraordinary change of gear from one of the fine Czech New Wave's most notable alumni.
June 24, 2011
[Heard] is one of America's great lost actors.
June 24, 2011
June 23, 2011
The film moves with an easy uncoerced swing: moment by moment, scene by scene, we are unsure what to think or where we are going. It is a fascinating, organically grown drama.
June 23, 2011
An underrated classic.
June 23, 2011
Passer continued his wayward career without ever producing anything quite like Cutter again. It's a one-off, a largely overlooked shining gem. Do yourself a favour.
June 23, 2011
Cutter and Bone are seriously unlikeable characters, yet Czech émigré director Ivan Passer and writer Jeffrey Alan Fiskin make us see light in these hearts of darkness.
June 23, 2011
Exceptional script, direction and performances make this elliptical neo-noir a forgotten classic.
June 6, 2011
Like the '70s output of Pakula and Lumet, Ivan Passer's tense thriller stands as a classy monument to the paranoia of post-Watergate America.
May 31, 2011
The three leads are on outstanding form, while Jack Nitzsche's score shimmers with foreboding.
July 14, 2010
Paranoid crime thriller.
April 27, 2007
This anatomy of intimate male camaraderie in the post-Vietnam War era could have been more resonant if the tale didn't include a routine murder mystery, which diffuses the otherwise beautifully acted (particularly Jeff Bridges) and shot saga.
February 9, 2006
The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery.
July 3, 2003
May 24, 2003
Cutter's Way feels like a B-movie, but while its problems are readily apparent, a career-best turn from Heard and a typically charismatic performance from Bridges raise it above the crowd.
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