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The Sisters Brothers (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.

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From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents...and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo's assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other's methods. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California - a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity? THE SISTERS BROTHERS also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as learned scout John Morris and Riz Ahmed as fugitive chemist Hermann Kermit Warm.

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John C. Reilly
as Eli Sisters
Joaquin Phoenix
as Charlie Sisters
Jake Gyllenhaal
as John Morris
Riz Ahmed
as Hermann Kermit Warm
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The film never sticks the Western in quotation marks, never condescends to the genre with a wink.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A near-masterpiece-a simmering chase movie that gradually heats up to a searing family drama that wonders how to care for a loved one that's impossible to live with.

September 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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Of course it tries to be fresh and different, functioning more as a black-comedy character study than an action thriller. Mostly it's a misguided mess.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The Sisters Brothers retreats back from some interesting, adventurous territory to something all too familiar.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audiard plays to his past strengths as a poet of wounded masculinity; in its most touching moments, "The Sisters Brothers" is like a hangout movie on horseback.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A great deal of the movie's enjoyment comes from its four principals, who work well when paired off but are particularly appealing in a group.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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