The Keeping Room Reviews

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June 24, 2016
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 16, 2016
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
A well-intentioned home invasion thriller that can't quite address all the issues it raises.
December 10, 2015
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.
November 6, 2015
Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.
October 30, 2015
While the gender-based farmhouse siege is suspenseful and bloody, director Daniel Barber weighs in too heavily with extended silences that slow down the goings-on of a film that has darkly lit tension, lovely scenery and fiercely presented ideas ...
October 29, 2015
The landscape is appropriately lush, the brutality is deftly rendered, and if the action is minimal, that may be because it isn't quite the point.
October 29, 2015
The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable.
October 15, 2015
Despite its sparseness and haunting photography, the film proves to be little more than a home-invasion thriller low on thrills.
October 1, 2015
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday.
October 1, 2015
Whatever its intentions, "The Keeping Room" does little more than preserve the illusion of a martyred, righteous Confederacy.
October 1, 2015
"The Keeping Room" amounts to a series of similar verses of the same song, repeating its themes until the drama veers from horror to tedium. Unwavering pessimism is an inadequate substitute for nuance or complexity.
September 30, 2015
Watching just becomes a matter of waiting for the pain to stop. But if you're in the mood for this kind of entertainment, "The Keeping Room" is a cut above the usual.
September 28, 2015
The Keeping Room is yet another powerful, post-apocalyptic survivalist drama about man's inhumanity to man -- in this case, woman. The difference is that it's set in the past and is more or less historically accurate.
September 27, 2015
Men go to battle, but women often take the brunt of war's cruelties.
September 25, 2015
I'm positive there's an audience for an Old West tale about fierce, independent women. I'm equally positive it can be done better.
September 25, 2015
For about two-thirds of its length ... "The Keeping Room" steadily holds the viewer in its narrative clutches.
September 25, 2015
The ravages of the Civil War shouldn't require much jazzing up for the movies, but the British director Daniel Barber labors to impress with his Southern period thriller "The Keeping Room."
September 24, 2015
An intriguing premise never finds a dramatic pulse in "The Keeping Room," a self-consciously artsy depiction of female grit during the final days of the Civil War.
September 24, 2015
Another lurid exploitation film classed up with moody lighting and character monologues, with none of the authentic regional flavor or amateur energy that gave real grindhouse flicks their tang.
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