Damsel Reviews

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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.
August 7, 2018
Damsel spends its second half literally wandering in the woods, with no clear destination or objective in mind.
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
"Damsel" takes most of the elements you've ever seen in a Western and tweaks some, twists others and comes up with something unusual and mostly satisfying.
June 28, 2018
"Damsel" owes just as much to the absurdist tone of the Coen brothers, possessing the same visual and verbal japery and, occasionally, absurdism for its own wearyingly ridiculous sake.
June 28, 2018
Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate.
June 28, 2018
Like everything else attractive to the eye in "Damsel," this image of happiness is a cruel illusion. It's also an unilluminating one.
June 28, 2018
The frontier as a symbol not of manifest destiny but of man's idiocy? There's an interesting movie in that. "Damsel" gets about halfway there.
June 27, 2018
Damsel is set some 150 years ago, but it's a timely social commentary about certain gender-based stereotypes that still exist in the movies. Mia Wasikowska kills it as Penelope.
June 24, 2018
Damsel is a sly feminist manifesto disguised as a shaggy, amiable hangout movie.
June 24, 2018
This warped, WTF western from the Zellner brothers gives Rob Pattinson a chance to shine. In a Hollywood of formulaic hack jobs, the Zellners know how to keep you guessing. Don't knock it. It's a gift.
Top Critic
June 22, 2018
Damsel goes for rueful smiles, not uproarious laughs.
June 21, 2018
When the film segues into a literal song and dance, it feels like we really are watching a new sort of vision, even though Damsel takes a while to reveal its true angle.
June 21, 2018
"Damsel" is a deadpan art-western prank, a sly fusion of classical technique and postmodern sensibility.
June 21, 2018
A film that's intellectually stimulating and beautiful to look at, but a bit too arch to truly fall in love with.
June 21, 2018
A movie that turns the classic western into something wackily eccentric and entertainingly original.
June 20, 2018
Pattinson and Wasikowska deserve better material than the Zellners' head-scratchingly lazy jokes.
June 20, 2018
While the movie isn't quite as clever as it thinks it is, the Zellners have a sweet, likable sense of humor tinged with tragedy. And they remain filmmakers to watch.
June 18, 2018
The film is unpredictable and bizarre, stunningly beautiful and weird in the best ways...
June 18, 2018
Though methodically conceived and occasionally tense, it's slight and sluggish.
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