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.
December 19, 2018
Though the stories are individually captivating and very much worth the price of admission-see the film on a big screen if you can-they fit together awkwardly.
November 30, 2018
There is so much to enjoy in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs that I can't help but (mostly) forgive those shortcomings. Any film that has a man insisting that "people are like ferrets" is all right by me.
November 25, 2018
Those wacky Coens are at it again. And those serious Coens. And those loquacious Coens.
November 18, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the perfect Coen Brothers' movie, albeit sliced and diced.
November 16, 2018
After a darkly hilarious musical number, the Buster story loses steam in its goofy closing moments - but that's OK, it's time to move on to the next chapter!
November 16, 2018
Taken as a whole, it's smart, snappy filmmaking from the duo who, 30-plus years into their careers, are still revealing new tricks hidden up their sleeves.
November 15, 2018
You'd think with viewers' short attention spans and love of binge-watching, it would be the perfect format for today. But "Buster Scruggs" is mostly unengaging.
November 15, 2018
Ethan and Joel Coen have a reputation for making films that shatter expectations, and "Ballad" is no exception.
November 15, 2018
There's also entirely too much talk and an ending that goes nowhere. But the film as a whole satisfies, even if it's something less than the sum of its parts. Any new Coen Bros. offering is always worth celebrating.
November 15, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the strangest and least legible of the Coen brothers' films, but it also revels in their sheer joy in creating movies.
November 15, 2018
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a Coen brothers western-style buffet that didn't quite work out, so they're serving it to us on one plate. If you eat around a few items, there's certainly enough for a meal.
November 15, 2018
The short films in "Buster Scruggs" are playthings, but the Coens are playing with no mere frivolity.
November 15, 2018
Even when Buster Scruggs isn't firing on all cylinders, it remains a warm and cheeky tribute to a genre that the brothers behind True Grit and No Country For Old Men clearly love.
November 14, 2018
"Ballad" paints a deliciously dismal portrait of the human condition.
November 14, 2018
Every tale in "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" runs out of steam before it runs out of story.
November 14, 2018
The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again.
November 13, 2018
All in all, this "Buster" is something else.
November 13, 2018
I came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds...
November 12, 2018
It's a good movie - better than good - and if you like the Coen Brothers, you should enjoy it, and if you don't like the Coen Brothers, why don't you? You really should like the Coen Brothers.
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