Get Low (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Subtle to a fault, this perfectly cast ensemble drama is lifted by typically sharp performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

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Inspired by the true story of Tennessee recluse Felix "Bush" Breazeale, who planned his funeral while he was still alive, director Aaron Schneider's dramatic period thriller stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. Few folks have spoken with Felix Bush (Duvall) since he disappeared into the Tennessee woods 40 years ago, and the ones who have don't necessarily have the kindest things to say about him. Gruff, confrontational, and ill-tempered, Felix has been the source of many malicious rumors over the years. Some say he's a cold-hearted killer and his penchant for walking into town with a shotgun, a wild beard, and threadbare clothes doesn't exactly give the impression of a man who seeks to make friends. When Felix walks into Frank Quinn's (Murray) funeral parlor and announces his intentions to throw himself a massive party before he passes away, word quickly spreads through town and anticipation starts to run high. Before long the big day has finally arrived, and Felix surprises everyone by revealing exactly why he shunned society to lead a life of solitude in the deep woods. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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PG-13 (for some thematic material and brief violent content)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Cast

Robert Duvall
as Felix "Bush" Breazeale
Bill Murray
as Frank Quinn
Sissy Spacek
as Mattie Darrow
Lucas Black
as Buddy
Gerald McRaney
as Rev. Gus Horton
Bill Cobbs
as Rev. Charlie Jackson
Linds Edwards
as WKNG Announcer
Andrea Powell
as Bonnie
Tomasz Karolak
as Orville
Andrew Stahl
as Photographer
Marc Gowan
as Mr. Feldman
Gracie
as Bush's Mule
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Critic Reviews for Get Low

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (34)

Sweet and gentle and occasionally makes you crave a catnap.

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

That the finale ends up being trite is a shame, but the long, gentle jaunt to arrive there is a pleasurable one.

Full Review… | January 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The creaky foreshadowing is a big problem, and the movie runs in place for most of its second half, though Duvall manages to pull it back on track with his climactic soliloquy, which sobers and silences the carnivalesque funeral party.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Eccentric and ultimately touching.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

It contains yet another pitch-perfect performance by Robert Duvall, who has given more great performances over the age of 60 than any actor, probably ever.

August 18, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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It affords Duvall a terrific role, harking back to his screen debut as one of literature's great loners, Boo Radley.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Get Low

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to produce one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Robert Duvall is Felix Bush who is a hermit who has kept himself locked away in his own cabin away from anybody for forty years. Getting on in life he wants to hold a funeral party before he attends, and anyone who has a story about him is invited. But he has a story to tell. A very moving story with the secrets of the south. I knew 3 minutes into this movie that it was filmed in Georgia. Oh how I miss the South. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

This is another linear story with unexceptional plot, only acceptable because of a sterling leading man and stellar supporting cast. This is a story of a recluse deep in the woods, who holds a title of infamy amongst the people of the nearby town as a murderer, rogue, and rapscallion. None of the stories concerning him are revealed, so we're under the impression that these people fear little and are accountable for their own biased remarks of his character. This is the first in a long string of flaws the film exemplifies with no aforethought. Yes, the quirky story is worth exploring, especially since it's based off of actual fact, but the way everything is executed varies in effectiveness. For example, the main character of Felix Bush is obviously drawn to the newly arrived Mattie (Spacek), a figure from his distant past. Instead of this being something tender and worth giving a look of honesty and rebuilding, she's simply an old friend who blunders through dramatic stomp offs and tantrums. If it had been better thought out it could have been perfection. Murray, who portrays a slightly corrupt funeral director, is very Ebenezer Scrooge with a hint of empathy for his assistant and Bush himself. I would say Murray is trying to cultivate his indie persona already in place from Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, but his impish charm is far more reminiscent of Stripes, and his presence is something I've never seen of him: dry. Each seasoned veteran is exceptional as usual, but the story just ruined it for me.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

Great little movie. Compelling. Entertaining. What you should expect when a cast of experienced, classy actors get together to play out an interesting story. Robert Duvall excells in this, which isn't surprising.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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