The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Reviews

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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.
February 7, 2019
...each of the ballad's half dozen chapters effectively succeeds on its own terms thanks to the Coens' deadeye knack for plot and dialogue, humor and foreboding, the unexpected detail and the cruel twist of irony.
February 7, 2019
It's disappointing that the Coens don't even try to upend any classic Western clichés in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - they apply some grim humor to various situations, but that's about it.
February 7, 2019
Because there's also something to be desired in each alone, though, the feature-length construction definitely helps [it prove a unified success].
February 4, 2019
I enjoyed most of these stories, except for 'Meal Ticket,' which seems pretty tasteless to me. You have to accept death along with humor in most Coen brothers movies, and you get multiple doses of death in this movie.
January 29, 2019
...original, brainy, and funny.
January 27, 2019
In any case, what lies behind the six film stories that make up The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a duet of consecrated filmmakers, located above good and evil, already alienated from the impetus of having to show how good they are. [Full Review in Spanish]
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