First Cow Reviews

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March 13, 2020
A small story [that] also inspires awe.
March 13, 2020
First Cow is especially accomplished in its aesthetic...
March 11, 2020
"First Cow" is as confident and organic as storytelling gets - as rough-edged as it is in style, it's absurdly rich in ripple effect.
March 11, 2020
We might go into a Kelly Reichardt movie thinking we'll be told a story, but we emerge with our consciousness subtly and radically altered.
March 11, 2020
Think of it more as one of those examples of how you can learn more from fiction than fact, because the movie tells us a lot about the origins of a nascent culture - country, really (ours), and the people within it (us).
March 10, 2020
"First Cow" is the real thing, a genuine work of art. But for too much of its running time, it's agonizingly slow, and the story is almost entirely without suspense.
March 9, 2020
You hold your breath and convince yourself that the inevitable isn't arriving. And all Reichardt offers to comfort you is a remarkable quiet.
Top Critic
March 9, 2020
A resonant, funny and quite moving shaggy cow story.
March 7, 2020
This haunting movie transports you to another world - and redefines home.
March 7, 2020
It's so many different kinds of movie at once. It has this incredibly rich sense of place and its economic echoes are so relevant today.
March 7, 2020
[Director] Kelly Reichardt is really probing at questions about the American identity and she does that so well in First Cow -- my favorite of her films now.
March 6, 2020
Kelly Reichardt's manifest-destiny epic in D minor...gives you the feeling that you've just witnessed a major work from a great American filmmaker.
March 6, 2020
It is somehow both brutal and pastoral, peaceful and laced through with the inevitability of disaster and death.
Top Critic
March 6, 2020
You'll need to slow your breathing to sync up, or more likely, down with the movie's tempo, but Reichardt rewards your patience with a profound experience that lingers in memory.
March 5, 2020
Some movies feel dead from the first shot, with or without star power, spectacular vistas or the false energy of hurtling pace. First Cow is vividly alive on arrival and grows into pure enchantment.
March 5, 2020
The joys of "First Cow" are many. The thoughtful, unshowy textures of its clothes and surroundings. The fabulous chemistry of its two leads. The softly stirring guitar of William Tyler's score.
March 4, 2020
A story about the power of money in a world where money hardly seems useful. The power it accumulates is like a runaway train, snowballing and steamrolling the delicate webs of connection that humans so tentatively spin.
March 4, 2020
While it fits perfectly into the larger framework of Reichardt's filmography, it also stands alone in rare, iconoclastic beauty.
March 4, 2020
The deep, lingering ache of "First Cow" comes from the realization that, even in a world still in the process of being formed, its cruel divisions have already been carved so deep.
March 4, 2020
A parable of economics and politics, with shrewd insights into the workings of supply and demand, scarcity and scale and other puzzles of the marketplace, the movie is also keenly attuned to details of history, both human and natural.
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