Sheriff (2005)

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Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees the rural Southern community of Brunswick County, North Carolina. Heading up what used to be a backwards, back-woods department, Hewett strives to maintain order and civility in a region fraught with murder, robbery and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments. To accomplish this impossible task, Hewett uses the only tools at his disposal -- God, guns, and the hundreds of blood relatives that populate his jurisdiction. At once brutal, bizarre and funny, "Sheriff" is a feature-length documentary movie that employs the pure cinema verite technique of Frederick Wiseman: no interviews, no music, no voice-overs. The result is an unexpected, intimate portrait of a complex man trying to do good in a bad, bad world.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Special Interest
In Theaters:
 wide

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Critic Reviews for Sheriff

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | November 18, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 10, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

An admirably realistic portrait of police life, pointedly different from the sensationalism of TV's Cops.

March 10, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Sheriff may have a point to make about the impact of family, roots and religion on the changing face of rural America, but the film, while admirably restrained and competently made, is too polite to clarify that.

Full Review… | March 10, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Sheriff

½

Low-key slice-of-life that has its iffy moments (the numbing editing of early sequences -- which emphasize the tangle of words the sheriff says to his deputies and later to a news crew by jumbling and repeating the phrases -- frustrates the viewer more than it illuminates) but eventually settles into a compelling little portrait.

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

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