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The Rider (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.

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Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

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It's a kind of parable, delivered in a manner that has nothing to do with preaching.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"The Rider" reinvigorates tropes from the western genre of men, horses, honor codes and vast expanses of nature with a refreshing lack of sentimentality, without sacrificing their inherent lyricism and poetry.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

But as wrenching as The Rider can be at times, it's also suspenseful and beautiful - a modern-day Western with a hero who's a real discovery.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Zhao seems to have filmed with her head down, focussed on her screenplay, rather than up, focussed on the richness of what was taking place around her.

April 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Filmmaker Chloé Zhao turns the story of real-life bronc rider Brady Jandreau into a gritty, graceful character study. Once The Rider hooks you - and believe me, it will - there's no way you will ever forget it.

April 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A neo-Western about rodeo riding, hobbled masculinity and reflective grace that feels unlike anything else out there.

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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