River of Grass Reviews

March 29, 2019
Evocatively directed in Florida locations by gifted newcomer Kelly Reichardt.
August 15, 2017
The odd rhythm of things keeps you off-balance, a little like the percussive score that infuses the story with a dizzy propulsive force that is weirdly gleeful in its own bleak fashion.
December 31, 2016
The downbeat noir story is filled with deadpan humor, a type of humor that Bowman and Fessender excel in.
December 9, 2016
This unassumingly brilliant filmmaker illuminates the sense and flavor of this disconsolate epoch in all its unheroic vexation.
April 1, 2016
It's not exactly action-filled, but its main character is explicit about what's on her mind and how deep-seated her desire to escape is.
March 11, 2016
Awash in almost-no-budget '90s indie smudge, it's a 'Bonnie and Clyde' about people who only wish they were Bonnie and Clyde.
March 11, 2016
[It] isn't able to reach the peaks of Reichardt's later monumental work, but it's educational in mapping out her concerns as a filmmaker, and a stirring reminder of her abilities as a visual stylist.
March 11, 2016
It's almost too ethereal, it slips through your fingers when you try to grab it. Although that could be the point.
Top Critic
March 10, 2016
River of Grass is very funny, but in a more somber key it also test-drives what will become Reichardt's specialty: the transformation of cheerless wastelands into backdrops for journeys of the parched soul.
March 10, 2016
If Meek's Cutoff could be seen as an anti-Western, using the genre's tropes in defiantly subversive ways, River of Grass pulls similar tricks with crime drama and noir clichs.
March 10, 2016
Reichardt subverts expectations at every turn, while simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of southern Florida (the title refers to the Everglades, and the film goes back and forth between Broward and Dade County) in all its sun-drenched seediness.
March 8, 2016
A film of fizzy languor ... terrific ...
March 7, 2016
Kelly Reichardt's film is a wry, appealingly raggedy look at the impossibility of conjuring up excitement from boredom.
June 15, 2011
This minimalist yet revisionist indie feature (Reichardt's debut) is a highlight of the 1994 Sundance Film Fest.
January 5, 2009
There's an element of wit in Reichardt's minimalism here that isn't present in her later, more somber work.
March 24, 2003
Plenty of fun but not really that memorable