Sweet Virginia

2017

Sweet Virginia

Critics Consensus

Smart and well-acted, Sweet Virginia delivers a tense, atmospheric thriller that transcends genre conventions even as it embraces them.

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A mysterious stranger sends shockwaves through a close-knit community in this nerve-jangling slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship-a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam's darkest demons. Driven by tour de force performances from Christopher Abbott and Jon Bernthal, this precision crafted thriller pulses with an air of quivering dread. With Imogen Poots and Rosemarie Dewitt.

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Critic Reviews for Sweet Virginia

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (12)

  • Sweet Virginia is an indie thriller that succeeds in telling a Coen brothers-esque story that is ultimately made memorable by its terrific cast.

    October 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Jamie M. Dagg is very respectful with the characters, he seems to want us to understand them and put ourselves in their place, even if they are criminals. [Full Review in Spanish]

    July 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sluggish mood-piece neo-noir indie set in a small town in Alaska.

    February 19, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A dark and relentless thriller, with every character frayed by the realities of life and relationships.

    November 14, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A deliberately paced thriller that quickens the pulse.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • a moody neo-noir interested as much in its damaged characters as in the mechanics of its several crimes.

    May 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sweet Virginia

  • Oct 24, 2018
    Bernthal is one of those character actors that deserves these central roles, he tends to be relegated to supporting roles which is okay but not great. This plays out like a good old fashioned film noir and sadly it does not go very well for all the characters involved. Indie crime films tend to be missed by the masses, unlike indie comedy which can garner more interest. This is a great film and the filmmakers are to be watch carefully as this demonstrates a rising talent to watch. Abbott has been garnering a lot of interest since The Sinner and he is the unpredictable bad guy here, he never wastes a single scene. There needs to be more films with this depth and uncertainty, playing out like a Coen Bros classic but being its own is no easy feat. 24/10/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2018
    A murderer-for-hire stews at a motel while he awaits payment for a job. At the motel the manager was having an affair with one of the victims. The assassin and manager strike an uneasy relationship. The two are tortured souls who are destined towards reckoning. The movie is a beautifully photographed, moody story that favors style over substance.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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