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Meek's Cutoff Reviews

May 27, 2011
Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail.
May 26, 2011
Greatly enhanced by the performances of Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood, director Kelly Reichardt's film quietly becomes engrossing - it almost sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2011
There are stretches that are, frankly, boring. But the vivid details and intimacy you develop with these travelers sticks with you, leaving you in awe of the insane feats people had to accomplish in order for us to enjoy the world we know today.
May 20, 2011
A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 13, 2011
This is the sort of film critics love to praise because the filmmaker has done good work before; and well, there must be something there. Well, there's not.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 13, 2011
A film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2011
Those with the courage to explore uncharted territory will be rewarded with a rough gem of a movie.
May 12, 2011
"Meek's Cutoff" is more an experience than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
If you allow its windswept silences to work on you, "Meek's Cutoff" gathers its own snakelike sense of momentum...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
It's the anti-western western, a story stripped of Zane Gray romance, sagebrush and mythic heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
Boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2011
Vast and mysterious, the American West of Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond's "Meek's Cutoff" is not quite like any other landscape.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
The cinematography, by Chris Blauvelt, captures the rugged landscapes and rainless skies with a homespun elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
Told largely in long shot, it's a painfully, beautifully slow film, which is understandable given the time, place, and situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2011
Reichardt serves the broccoli of historical pedantry, deliberately withholding the delicious cheese sauce of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2011
Williams also starred in Reichardt's last, and best, film, Wendy and Lucy, and she clearly has a special affinity for the director, for whom she shows off her subtlest shades.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 22, 2011
Amounts to a master class in the power of observation.
April 21, 2011
Reichardt has stripped "Meek's" down to bare essentials and careful emotions. The cast captures that quality beautifully - like the water that is running out, everything is conserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2011
Reichardt trusts her audience, encourages her viewers to feel comfortable in the stillness and the quiet, and to draw their own conclusions from an ending that's as profound as it is enigmatic.
April 13, 2011
Under Oregon skies, there's political subtext for the taking in this terrific, unsettling film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 11, 2011
It's a pleasureless, anti-sensuous aesthetic, but the movie, in its thorny, grudging way, is stirring, with many startling details.
April 11, 2011
Reichardt's westward-ho is a world of confusion, geographical and moral, a dislocation beyond the remedy of water or Bibles.
April 8, 2011
[Kelly Reichardt has] taken on her biggest budget (essentially a thicker shoestring) and most recognizable cast yet, while fully retaining her patient, deliberate approach to narrative and attentiveness to nature as a character.
April 8, 2011
Fans of Kelly Reichardt's minimalist portraits will adore her stark Western, but others may be taken aback by the bold lack of traditional filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2011
Our interest is constantly stoked by Reichardt's choices as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
Upgrading her production values without compromising her minimalist style, Kelly Reichardt has nonetheless made her most accessible movie.
April 8, 2011
Without exception, the actors give understated but compelling performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2011
It's a deceptively small piece of onscreen art that resonates afterward with such insistence that I felt positively nagged by it.
Top Critic
April 7, 2011
One way or another, there will be blood.
April 7, 2011
A bracingly original foray into territory that remains, in every sense, unsettled.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2011
Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 7, 2011
Kelly Reichardt has crafted a haunted dream of a movie to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2011
It is an American independent in the true sense of the word, and it may well be the best homegrown movie we'll see this year.
April 6, 2011
Recalls Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man and even Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God in its evocation of frontier surrealism and manifest-destiny madness; the Reichardt approach is, however, more stringent and pointed in its weirdness.
April 6, 2011
Who goes to the movies for 104 minutes of punishment? Where is John Wayne, now that we need him?
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 5, 2011
A cinematic immersion of both modest and cosmic proportions, beautifully enacted by a cast that makes you fully believe that they are these beleaguered characters, and make you glad that you aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
In this quiet, beautiful and terrifying fable about a group of lost pioneers, Reichardt combines epic ambition with a focus on intimate, personal detail.
September 9, 2010
A realistic slice of pioneer life that offers a disquieting alternative vision of America's most mythic location.