Damsel Reviews

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May 15, 2020
It was just sort of absurd for the sake of it.
May 15, 2020
It was really immature and really basic white boy dumbness.
March 4, 2020
A midmovie plot twist hands the narrative over to Mia Wasikowska as the sweetheart, and her committed performance seems out of place in this extended goof.
May 24, 2019
An off-kilter western about misplaced love that whilst not without its pleasures, ultimately struggles to overcome its abundance of creaky contrivances and absurdities.
February 1, 2019
Even with a bizarre public hanging and some animated shootings, the action scenes felt insipid, while the humor didn't improve.
December 22, 2018
...it's unclear if the Zellners believe there's a tragic romance in wanting a woman who doesn't want you back or they understand that's just patriarchal BS.
December 21, 2018
A definite stumble for the usually fantastic Zellners.
October 14, 2018
If you're looking for a revisionist western, you could do a hell of a lot better - Damsel couldn't carry the water of The Missouri Breaks.
September 4, 2018
It plays out as an oddball western parody with a comical attitude to the Old West.
August 27, 2018
The painfully self-conscious script and often cringe-worthy dialogue of this would-be genre subversion ruins a gorgeous but ultimately empty film that would have been better off silent.
August 25, 2018
While Damsel is tremendously helped by a host of stellar performances, what is there is hampered by script and editing problems.
August 24, 2018
Showcases strong comedic performances from both Pattinson and Wasikowska, but wastes its potential with an uneven script.
August 21, 2018
There's a dewy-eyed freshness to parts of "Damsel" that recall Westerns from the 1970s, only with tongue placed more firmly in cheek. With its spiffy production values and game cast, the film has a lot going for it.
August 20, 2018
Unfortunately, after the main gag has been revealed, it feels like the film doesn't have anything else to say, padding out its sluggish third act with the cinematic equivalent of small talk; bumbling, inconsequential scenes that carry zero momentum.
August 7, 2018
Damsel spends its second half literally wandering in the woods, with no clear destination or objective in mind.
July 11, 2018
There is only so much a Western written by men can do to rectify the wrongs of other Westerns written by men.
July 8, 2018
As an indie film with a clever gimmick, it's worth seeing, though it never quite sustains the sweeping feel of its first two scenes.
July 5, 2018
Everything here is mashed together into a postmodern pileup that thinks it's politically progressive and smart but really isn't.
June 29, 2018
Revisionist Western has strong performances from Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasakowska. But Zellner brothers film is deeply flawed.
June 29, 2018
The fraternal filmmakers have plotted a clever bit of revisionism here, although the movie itself works much better as a concept than in practice.
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