The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Reviews

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October 19, 2020
The whole shebang is expertly put together and viewers are guaranteed plenty of darkly comic fun and one or two wistful moments, too.
September 22, 2020
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is deliciously misanthropic, despite the Coen Brothers' protesting otherwise.
August 30, 2020
The Coen Brothers make the genre transitions seem easy. There is a little of everything we love about them in this unique piece. [Full review in Spanish]
July 25, 2020
Individual segments succeed as scaffolding to an overarching thematic arc or as a stand-alone narrative piece, but rarely both at once.
July 1, 2020
A strangely moving exercise in looking at mortality in ways we don't often do so. The Coens still know how to surprise us with both their writing and their philosophy.
June 27, 2020
I feel the most hackneyed artificiality when it resorts to the audiovisual rhetoric that is characteristic of the directors' aesthetics to honor stereotypes of a Wild West. [Full review in Spanish]
February 24, 2020
As with the Coens' oeuvre on the whole, the various stories are unified by an impressive sense of craft and a lamentable sense of smugness.
February 3, 2020
Whether you like the Coen brothers or not, of if you really love Westerns or not, there is a story in this anthology film to be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone who's looking for something unusual, or just a really great story.
January 21, 2020
On an artistic level, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an unreserved success.
November 8, 2019
Combining their trademark wit with comedic violence and tense drama, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a delightful return to form for the Coens.
August 19, 2019
In a world where the reality of death is increasingly avoided or hidden from view, [Buster Scruggs is] oddly sobering. Remembering death matters.
April 16, 2019
Many of us god-fearing reg'lar folk expect a twist at the closing of a short story, but life ain't like that on the frontiers of the Coen brothers' imagination, no sirree.
April 11, 2019
The inspired moments in Buster Scruggs and the thought provoking arcs in the proceedings are testament to the Coen brothers' filmmaking talent.
March 15, 2019
Tonal ups and downs aside, Buster Scruggs is an unsettling film, not least because the characters in it are themselves unsettled... all of them are caught up in some kind of relentless, repetitive journey.
March 10, 2019
[The Ballad of Buster Scruggs] cements their status as the 21st century successors to John Ford.
March 4, 2019
The Coen Brothers at their best. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 28, 2019
The western anthology of shorts starts with a bang and quickly fades into a whimper.
February 27, 2019
The section of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs titled "Meal Ticket" is the best in the film. The darkest, bleakest, and the most macabre, this vignette evokes the hellish carnival world of Tod Browning...
February 11, 2019
We all know the anthology's shortcomings - too little time to establish too many characters, all breadth no depth, and variable quality between chapters...Buster Scruggs is no different, bearing all of those flaws, but bearing them lightly.
February 8, 2019
Lately the Coen Brothers seem content to simply pay homage to classic storytelling (in this case the western) instead of crafting compelling scripts within said genre.
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