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Sweetgrass Reviews

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 22, 2010
If there's anything we can learn from the creatures here, it's that any day in which you don't get stripped of your coat or eaten by a bear is probably a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2010
There are audience rewards for sticking with the herd and its lonesome cowboys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2010
Instead of rounding up information, this documentary about an arduous sheep drive across Montana is driven by the beauty of the landscape.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 21, 2010
It's a gorgeous and, believe it or not, riveting documentary...about sheep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2010
It may not be your thing, but Sweetgrass is unlike anything you'll see in a theater this year. It bravely strays from the flock.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 15, 2010
Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor rigorously follow the cinema-verité creed: no sonorous Morgan Freeman voiceovers, no explanatory intertitles until the finale, just carefully observed reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
If you're used to the ADD pace of modern filmmaking, Sweetgrass will probably drive you crazy. If you can adjust, it could widen your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010
Sweetgrass is an unexpectedly intoxicating documentary, unexpected because it blends high artistic standards with the grueling reality of one of the toughest, most exhausting of work environments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 25, 2010
In an extraordinary series of tableaux that are alternately idyllic and severe, Sweetgrass defies the conventions of what most of us regard as a documentary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 12, 2010
What starts out looking like a 4H film soon develops narrative power, and a rough natural humor. You'll be hearing bleating in your sleep for days, which is more pleasant than it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 22, 2010
Leaves behind the domain of ethnography and becomes a work of art.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2010
This slyly transcendental documentary consists of long, mostly wordless takes of sheep, cowboys, and the divine Montana mountains they wander through for 200 miles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 8, 2010
The filmmakers' motivation couldn't be clearer: They needed to capture a way of life that may soon exist only on film and in memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 7, 2010
Minimalist and hypnotic, a catalog of observations about the primal relationship between man and beast, and the still-daunting challenges of the Western landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2010
An intriguing but overly demanding portrait of rural Montana that concentrates on sheep and their herders.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 6, 2010
Castaing-Taylor's lensing -- from sheep staring into a camera to panoramic views of the gorgeous landscape -- is pleasing to the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 6, 2010
The first essential movie of this young year.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 5, 2010
Though the breathtaking vistas of Big Sky Country in Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's unforgettable sheep-herding documentary come close to heaven, it's telling that AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" can be faintly heard.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 5, 2010
Memorably captures a dying way of American life, a marvelously untrammeled American landscape and at least two animals -- men and sheep -- that despite their millennia-long domestic relationship still have a spark of wildness in them.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 30, 2009
As subcultural anthropology, it's unassailable. Yet the often ugly-looking DV aesthetic dilutes the cumulative effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
September 28, 2009
Sweetgrass showcases an elemental intimacy between man and animal.