First Cow Reviews

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March 25, 2020
Forget your mantra. Watching First Cow is a form of meditation.
March 20, 2020
Feeling both exquisitely believable and unnervingly real, the action builds from a restrained tension to outright confrontation.
March 20, 2020
As with Meek's Cutoff, First Cow is a Western that chips away at myth, and wrestles power and history away from the lone-white-cowboy archetype.
March 17, 2020
This is one of the gentlest Westerns I've seen in a long time.
March 17, 2020
Gentle, evocative, and bearing Reichardt's signature contemplative pacing, "First Cow" is one of the richest, best films of 2020.
March 17, 2020
Kelly Reichardt's most tonally sophisticated film to date -- a bittersweet frontier portrait of a close, strong, and soothingly uncomplicated male friendship.
March 16, 2020
First Cow grazes into a long-winded but mesmerizing underdog story
March 14, 2020
Like all of Reichardt's films, the level of authenticity of both the location and the relationships are what sell the story
March 13, 2020
It may be [director Kelly Reichardt's] best yet, formidable as both Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff were.
March 13, 2020
A small story [that] also inspires awe.
March 13, 2020
First Cow is especially accomplished in its aesthetic...
March 13, 2020
There's an element of parable... Reichardt is critically but not polemically saying something about the nature of capitalism and the so-called American Dream.
March 13, 2020
An origin story of American gumption, crime - and cupcakes.
March 13, 2020
The film makes it feel as if history were slowly unfolding before your eyes.
March 13, 2020
Reichardt's approach allows for brief detours, odd moments that help make the movie memorable.
March 13, 2020
Their central friendship creates genuine warmth and optimism, without once veering toward sentiment.
March 12, 2020
It's a reminder that a heist needn't be heavy on action and violence to capture an audience's attention. Sometimes all it takes is a little flour, sugar, lard, cinnamon and honey. And a cow. One will suffice.
March 12, 2020
Despite its opening scene, the film isn't about death and doom. First Cow is too busy admiring these characters' determination [and] establishing their friendship...
March 12, 2020
With [Kelly] Reichardt behind the lens you know it's not going to go in a pat or predictable direction.
March 12, 2020
A glimpse of America in the process of becoming itself, for better and worse.
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