Galveston (2018)


Critic Consensus: Galveston's talented cast - and confident direction from Mélanie Laurent - help set this uneven crime drama apart from less distinguished genre entries.


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Roy (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water) is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Elle Fanning, The Beguiled), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky's pasts.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12)

[A]n uneven but arrestingly beautiful drama.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"Galveston" is tough, uncompromising, and hauntingly believable, just a little too slow and a lot too serious for today's typical action audiences.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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Bleak and gripping, Galveston offers a compelling experience for those who don't demand pure escapism and are willing to sample the darker side of cinema.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film equivalent of a familiar, not too special song that's been brilliantly re-arranged and performed.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A muted crime drama that runs out of plot too soon, but makes up for it with powerhouse performances and a finely shaded sense of place.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

With shadowy imagery that pushes the boundaries of visibility and a mumbly lead performance from Ben Foster that strains the limits of intelligibility, "Galveston" goes past film noir and lands at film murk.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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