The Homesman


The Homesman

Critics Consensus

A squarely traditional yet somewhat progressive Western, The Homesman adds another absorbing entry to Tommy Lee Jones' directorial résumé.



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When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat. (C) Roadside Entertainment

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Tommy Lee Jones
as George Briggs
Hilary Swank
as Mary Bee Cuddy
Meryl Streep
as Altha Carter
Grace Gummer
as Arabella Sours
Miranda Otto
as Theoline Belknap
Sonja Richter
as Gro Svendsen
John Lithgow
as Reverend Alfred Dowd
Hailee Steinfeld
as Tabitha Hutchinson
James Spader
as Aloysius Duffy
Jo Harvey Allen
as Mrs. Polhemus
Barry Corbin
as Buster Shaver
David Dencik
as Thor Svendsen
William Fichtner
as Vester Belknap
Evan Jones
as Bob Giffen
Tim Blake Nelson
as The Freighter
Jesse Plemons
as Garn Sours
Karen Jones
as Mrs. Linens
Martin Palmer
as Vigilante #2
Jerry Vahn Knight
as Vigilante #3
Adrian Doerfler
as Vigilante #4
Lela Rose Allen
as Belknap Daughter #1
Sachie Capitani
as Belknap Daughter #2
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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (42)

  • Parts of The Homesman are a slog to sit through, but the movie ends on a note of absurd comedy that also breaks your heart, suggesting that some people, no matter the circumstances, are incapable of change.

    Dec 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • If only things had started out on more solid ground and headed toward some sort of resolution. If only.

    Dec 5, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Swank, an Oscar winner for "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," is outstanding, getting to the essence of Mary Bee's pride and pain. And in the showier role, Jones impressively peels away layers of rambunctiousness to reveal George's humanity.

    Nov 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Swank and Streep are big stars with famous faces, and yet disappear into their roles; these characters convey both quiet strength and gentle kindness.

    Nov 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • As the protagonists near their final destination, The Homesman offers a critique of civilization that's almost as pessimistic as its critique of frontier life, suggesting that in every corner of America there have always been more losers than winners.

    Nov 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is a tonal nightmare, lurching uneasily from hang-'em and shoot-'em cowboy comedy to gruesome vignettes from the lives of frontier women.

    Nov 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

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