Slow West Reviews

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October 14, 2015
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.
June 26, 2015
As the title suggests, Maclean is in no hurry. Even at the most climactic moments, he always looks for an offbeat perspective.
June 26, 2015
It's a work of rare purity, directness and concision - a pity that it's lumbered with that slightly deceptive, off-putting title. Slow it's not.
June 25, 2015
The western may be about as relevant to American society as the ability to lasso a rampaging steer, but the genre refuses to die. Instead it evolves, taking on new meanings with each new incarnation.
June 25, 2015
That magical combo: a debut feature that knows exactly where it's going and leaves you wanting more.
June 25, 2015
It's only slow in the way a rattlesnake or a predatory killer is slow. This terrific film is actually tense, twisty and brilliant.
June 11, 2015
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
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 4, 2015
You don't have to love westerns to like this movie, but those who do might enjoy the way Maclean pays his respects.
May 28, 2015
It's all of 84 minutes. But when it's done, you know you've seen something.
May 21, 2015
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
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
[A] meandering, deliberate and tearless - yet oddly moving - western vehicle, which is both slow and, as gunslinger movies tend to be, action packed.
May 21, 2015
It's always entertaining to see a genre tweaked, at least when it's done so with the proper mix of respect and madness at work in "Slow West."
May 21, 2015
Like most genre manipulations, the film feels one step removed from inspiration - that is, more inspired by other movies than by direct experience. It also lives up to its name.
May 15, 2015
Might meander a bit, but it never gets lost, and while the film is currently available on demand, it takes a big screen to fully appreciate the wide-open spaces and treacherous, stunning wilderness captured so effectively by cinematographer Robbie Ryan.
May 15, 2015
The film is too artsy for its own good, but it has some marvelous Coen Brothers-style black humor.
May 15, 2015
"Slow West" must be counted one of the most unintentionally ridiculous Westerns to come down the pike in a long, long while.
May 14, 2015
A western fable with an often dreamlike vibe, "Slow West" proves to be a surprisingly sly tale of passion, greed and survival.
May 14, 2015
An absurdist deconstruction of classic Hollywood westerns whose 21st-century view of frontier mythology is as sardonic as that of the Coen brothers.
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