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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

Once it's time to switch tones, the Coens don't seem to have much to say other than pointing to the well-documented fact that the American frontier was a violent place.

September 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Extremely fleet and beautifully crafted.

September 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Buster Scruggs is a singular illustration of what makes the Coen formula so appealing, and a reminder of so many better examples.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the half-dozen Western tales packed into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs show the Coen brothers loading up their six-shooter and firing barely a blank.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite the snark and irreverence, genre specialists will eat up the devotion to detail here, from the relish the Coens take in writing colorful 19th century Western vernacular to the musical choices and the lovely between-acts artwork.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is storybook lore, enjoyable in the way we always enjoy tall tales that have been handed down from one generation to the next. But it's also laced with melancholy.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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