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Hell or High Water (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.

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Texas brothers--Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.

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Cast

Ben Foster
as Tanner
Gil Birmingham
as Alberto Parker
Katy Mixon
as Jenny Ann
William Sterchi
as Mr. Clauson
Buck Taylor
as Old Man
Kristin Berg
as Olney Teller
Jackamoe Buzzell
as Archer City Deputy
Amber Midthunder
as Vernon Teller
Joe Berryman
as Bank Manager
Debrianna Mansini
as Vernon Diner Waitress
Nathaniel Augustson
as Gas Station Thug #1
Arielle Holmes
as Gas Station Thug #2
Marie A.K. McMaster
as Casino Window Teller
Kim Gleason
as Casino Window teller #2
Kevin Rankin
as Billy Rayburn
Margaret Bowman
as T-Bone Waitress
Marin Ireland
as Debbie Howard
JP Howard
as Justin Howard
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Critic Reviews for Hell or High Water

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (46)

Just as it taps into a dying corner of American society, Hell or High Water resurrects the power of western mayhem done right.

December 31, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
indieWire
Top Critic

This neo-Western works splendidly as a self-contained tale of loyalty, loss and redemption, with polished turns from a smoldering Chris Pine and spunky Ben Foster.

December 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Denver Post
Top Critic

All of the performers in this film, right down to the bit players, are quite good, but Bridges demonstrates yet again that he is one of the finest actors in America.

August 26, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

From a purely narrative perspective, there's nothing new here but like a new arrangement of a familiar tune, the slight changes make it fresh and enjoyable.

August 23, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

Hell or High Water isn't just a great time at the movies, it's one of the year's best pictures.

August 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Scenic, well-paced and rich in dialogue and character, the film is Coen brothers for the squares, and maybe the best middle-of-the-seat drama of the summer.

August 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Hell or High Water

A top notch cast delivers the goods in this primo modern day Western that doesn't forget the soul crunching loneliness of the wide open spaces as an unnamed cast member.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

With intense performances from its great cast, David Mackenzie's neo-Western is an effective combination of adrenaline, humor and melancholy. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Hell or High Water" is absolutely mesmerizing. Very strong performances by all players -- especially Foster, and cinematography beyond reproach. Although the story is somewhat slow, the characters are worth your patience. Highly recommended.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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