The Homesman Reviews

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February 2, 2021
Muddier than the rough terrain it takes place on.
December 4, 2020
Tommy Lee Jones is completely at home in the role of a cantankerous, frank, gruff, and grizzled cowboy.
December 14, 2019
A masterful, fully sensory experience filled with visual majesty, immersing us in the life and lives of the time.
September 12, 2019
While it may afford us with a rare perspective of women's experiences in such a time and place, the film's narrative manages to appear misogynistic even as it appears to be developing an argument for agency.
September 4, 2019
While maintaining a very obvious respect for the genre, the film is terribly current for several reasons. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 5, 2019
A defiant rejection of genre cliché with a resonance that is hard to shake.
May 31, 2019
When it works, beautiful and bestial.
April 3, 2019
With The Homesman, Jones has produced an original and cantankerously offbeat western which becomes increasingly beguiling as the road stretches on.
August 27, 2018
It feels like a missed opportunity but there is still quite a bit to enjoy.
February 16, 2018
The Homesman is a dark, complex story of gender issues and changing conventions on the frontier, and in an era that sees this genre fading, Jones has made a Western winner.
December 16, 2017
The film offers a landscape to match the emotional isolation; this land is as empty and lonely and unforgiving as it is lovely.
October 30, 2017
Hilary Swank gives a particularly good central performance -- but the end result is a real curate's egg: too much at times, underdeveloped at others and marred by a huge plot twist that stops the story almost in its tracks.
October 18, 2017
It's a film worth seeing before the crowd of Oscar contenders sweeps it out of the way for the holiday season.
August 3, 2017
Clear-eyed but never discompassionate, The Homesman collects uneasy truths that are all too often left by the wayside of our nation's road to success.
June 28, 2017
As a director, he's batted it out of the park. Twice. First with the eloquent and little-seen The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and now with the hardscrabble brilliance of The Homesman.
June 13, 2016
A fair portion of Tommy Lee's life has been dedicated to telling stories about schlepping variously incapacitated or dead people long distances through the Wild West.
June 7, 2016
If 'The Homesman' proves anything, it's that there's no movie that can't get a shot in the arm from a couple scenes of Tommy Lee Jones hollerin' and dancin'.
June 6, 2016
If Jones wants to become a great director of a dying genre, he cannot simply hope to mimic what the masters did. He must instead explore the meaning of each image he creates.
November 19, 2015
With his sophomore effort, The Homesman, Jones gives us a revisionist Western that defies expectations at every turn. It's a genuine art film in the vein of Aussie productions like The Proposition.
June 9, 2015
A stubbornly uncommercial and richly challenging inversion of Americana, this time with an eye towards the pioneer women pushed to the margins of our history books.
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