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Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles. Read critic reviews

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During the waning days of the Civil War, two Southern sisters (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) and a slave (Muna Otaru) must defend themselves against two Union Army soldiers.

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  • There are a few plot holes and some stiff acting, but the threesome is compelling as the gals get their guns and their revenge.

    June 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The term "revisionist western" has been overused lately. However, this blend of slow-burning frontier feminism and taut home invasion thriller is probably the most authentically unorthodox take on the genre you will see for a while.

    June 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Its two most charismatic performers, Otaru and Steinfeld, are the ones with the least to do. A serious and absorbing piece of work, nonetheless.

    June 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A well-intentioned home invasion thriller that can't quite address all the issues it raises.

    June 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer Julia Hart and director Daniel Barber develop the women's relationships at a careful, steady pace, giving them time to bond; this is essential since they must learn to trust and respect each other to survive.

    December 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.

    November 6, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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