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Slow West (2015)



Critic Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.

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At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.(C) A24 Films

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Michael Fassbender
as Silas Selleck
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Jay Cavendish
Rory McCann
as John Ross
Caren Pistorius
as Rose Ross
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Critic Reviews for Slow West

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (26)

Slow West crescendos into a bravura shootout between all the involved parties, and it's as gorgeous, nihilistic, and brutally sad as the rest of the film.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Essentially an old-school Western with some interesting tweaks, Slow West -- the debut feature from musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean -- is a simple story told, yes, slowly. But it offers a bang-up finish.

June 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
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There's more to the story than meets the bull's eye in Slow West, a brainy and genre-defying western by newcomer John Maclean.

June 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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It's all of 84 minutes. But when it's done, you know you've seen something.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Writer-director John Maclean insists at every opportunity that the American west teemed with brutality and that every positive myth about the region was built on a lie, yet he doesn't deliver this familiar revisionist history with much force.

May 21, 2015 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Maclean's film is a wonderfully dreamy, if meandering, take on the western. Like all movies that use their fantastic surroundings, Slow West is best seen on a big screen.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Slow West


Every now and again comes a film wherein all the characters are chasing something they want, and often that thing needn't be much of anything. So is the case here where we are introduced to several different types of folks, all in search of the same thing, in this case $2000, which may not seem like a lot now but back then was quite a lot. A nicely told tale.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Not exactly a milestone in cinema, but still a great film, and one of the few examples I've seen recently of a movie that gets *better* as it progresses.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

A more than impressive debut for John Maclean, who revisits the Western genre in an intense story about a long gone time of violence and death, showing the West in its raw brutality but with a lot of dark humor, and backed by a beautiful cinematography and great sound design.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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