Slow West Reviews

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July 30, 2020
A casual weirdness. A wisened grasp of when to embrace or reject a cliche. A quartet of ripping performances. These are the calling cards of this odd, funny and compelling western.
December 8, 2019
A meticulously crafted story with indelible performances from the likes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren is transported back in time, immersed in cinematic beauty and scope, and loving every second of it.
December 28, 2018
It's so obsessed with being a well-constructed, socially conscious film that it forgets to be a good one.
November 15, 2018
It shows the rewards of taking the road less traveled, relishing the telling of the tale as much as the tale itself.
November 11, 2018
Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender, both physically and in the way they inhabit their roles, dovetail excellently.
August 30, 2018
Slow West harks back to its cowboy roots and its noir inspiration for its strong moral core. Every evil act committed is paid for in a breathtaking final act.
August 29, 2018
Neither clever enough to be a good revisionist Western nor entertaining enough to be a satisfying genre exercise.
August 24, 2018
[Jay Cavendish] seeks to move beyond the boundaries of basic survival, a trait that Silas eventually learns in this slick and often heart-warming tale of unlikely paths crossing.
December 2, 2017
There are lessons about love to be learned, bloody shootouts, a sweet fur coat worn by a heartless bounty hunter, and a grim montage of still shots for everyone that meets their demise
October 30, 2017
The Scottish director John Maclean makes his feature-film debut here, delivering a beautifully shot picture in which the rapidly rising body count belies the sedate, thoughtful pace.
October 14, 2017
Slow West is not badly paced-not at all-but it does present a challenge to the viewer. It's not slow so much as wandering, and you have to be willing to roll with deeply weird moments interspersed with violence and tragedy.
February 24, 2017
Slow West is the feature debut of writer-director John Maclean. [...] it is also among the more unique modern westerns in the way that it plays around with traditional western tropes and conventions.
January 17, 2017
By turns a beautiful, surprising and haunting work.
June 16, 2016
The tone of the film, a darkly absurdist frontier odyssey, recalls both the films of the Coen Brother and the novels of Cormac McCarthy.
April 27, 2016
This is an often ferociously entertaining and substantial debut.
March 1, 2016
Slow West derives its strength not only from its multi-layered story but also from its spectacular visuals of a geography, which simultaneously seems subliminally awe-inspiring and menacing.
February 26, 2016
This quirky, confident Western belies the fact it is the director's first feature, and marks him out as one to watch.
February 25, 2016
It may skimp on its characters, but with a mostly successful amalgamation of various tones, Slow West is a beautiful and bold shot in the arm for the genre.
January 1, 2016
Slow West utilises a massive arsenal of cinematic techniques shunned by most commercial filmmakers, and shows that an arthouse film can hold both tension and big ideas at once.
December 31, 2015
This is an emotionally engaging and beautifully shot Western that marks writer-director Maclean out as a genuine talent to watch. Highly recommended.
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