Little Woods Reviews

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January 27, 2020
[Tessa] Thompson's forceful, charismatic performance brings life to what could have been a relentlessly grim film, but it also unbalances the drama somewhat.
January 26, 2020
This is a film of high tension about two sisters living on the edge of ruin in the farthest northern reaches of North Dakota. One slip up and they could end up homeless, or in jail. The only things they have to rely on are their wits and each other.
September 27, 2019
A taut and affecting thriller.
September 22, 2019
A predictable narrative given rich contours...
August 14, 2019
The film may not look impressive, but I am impressed by how [writer-director Nia] DaCosta introduces complications into this already complicated story without straining for effect.
July 16, 2019
Though it may be on the nose at times, Little Woods is a tense and emotional look at the political issues we're arguing about today that are affecting people's lives.
July 16, 2019
Little Woods acts as a slow-burning drama that too often extinguishes the tension just as things are heating up.
July 8, 2019
Little Woods is a film that more people need to see, as it is not only a compelling survival drama, but it is a enlightening examination at a slice of Americana, an involving crime western and a touching look at a strong sisterly bond.
July 2, 2019
Little Woods can be bleak, but it's a good choice if you're looking for some substance among the Hollywood blockbusters out this season.
June 21, 2019
The directorial debut by Nia DaCosta is a stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and the political class.
June 19, 2019
Writer-director Nia DaCosta's debut feature is a bravura and, at times, bleak look at women living on the poverty line in small-town America.
June 19, 2019
Visually striking. Comparisons to Debra Granik's Winter's Bone and Leave No Trace are fitting...
June 5, 2019
This small crime film focuses on big American problems. Thompson and James are terrific.
May 25, 2019
DaCosta's feature debut is impressive and quite promising. Driven by a towering performance from one of today's great performers, Little Woods is a tense neo-Western/thriller.
May 24, 2019
DaCosta's personal vision brings out shades of Kelly Reichardt and Debra Granik and refuses to exclude the possibility of dreaming, which is a positive factor.
May 21, 2019
The strength of Little Woods lies with the actors, and their ability to inject life into characters that lead ordinary, rather squalid lives in a non-descript frontier town.
May 17, 2019
It is a slow burning but effective film that shows great technique at times, particularly in its storytelling and performances.
May 17, 2019
Like so many American stories, Little Woods is a drama about personal agency, but it's also a dramatisation of what it means, in material terms, to have very little agency to exercise.
May 16, 2019
It's the kind of scenario we've often seen on screen, but the ambience is new and precisely evoked as a world of cruel contrasts.
May 13, 2019
The suspenseful quest for survival provides the stimulus for the whole transfixing and eye-opening running time.
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