Shepherds and Butchers

2016

Shepherds and Butchers

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Total Count: 9

49%

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User Ratings: 86

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Movie Info

Steve Coogan stars in this courtroom thriller as a British barrister taking on a seemingly unwinnable case defending a traumatized prison guard accused of multiple murders.

Cast

Andrea Riseborough
as Kathleen Marais
Steve Coogan
as Johan Webber
Garion Dowds
as Leon Labuschagne
Deon Lotz
as Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Pierre De Villiers

Critic Reviews for Shepherds and Butchers

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

  • The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.

    February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population.

    February 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death.

    February 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Oliver Schmitz, one of South Africa's essential directors, delivers a mix of emotional acuity and overkill with this death penalty drama.

    February 14, 2016 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Coogan, known as a comic actor, does solid dramatic work and Garion Dowds' accused is living in a palpable living hell. He knows no one can be a shepherd and a butcher and stay sane.

    August 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Oliver Schmitz's film... does not clarify what he wants to be. [Full review in Spanish]

    November 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shepherds and Butchers

  • Apr 05, 2020
    Couldn't exploit the facts well enough. A courtroom drama needs to be engaging and this one wasn't. Given the circumstances, the case didn't make sense. Or was it open to interpretation?! Anyways, watching it once shouldn't hurt.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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