Sweet Virginia


Sweet Virginia

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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 (54) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (12)

  • A lot to take in - too much, really.

    Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Dagg and sibling screenwriters Benjamin and Paul China ratchet up the tension. So does the eerie score by another set of siblings, Will and Brooke Blair, who previously teamed for the horror thriller Green Room.

    Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The cast and creators of "Sweet Virginia" dig underneath flat pulp conventions and find the real pain and emotional instability at their roots.

    Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • All that said, the movie is well put together, enough so that if you're not entirely tired of its clichés, it might constitute a tolerable entertainment. I'd rather watch Double Indemnity for the 15th time.

    Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It starts with a bang, ends with a bang, and those scenes bookend some solid character moments and tense, atmospheric filmmaking. This small gem is worth seeking out.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What sets Sweet Virginia above the pack is a leisurely inquiry into the moral rot that seeps into the very bones of lives bent out of shape by disappointment, frustration, loneliness or the absence of love.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

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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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