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The Sisters Brothers Reviews

October 12, 2018
"The Sisters Brothers" often feels like a journey in search of a destination.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 5, 2018
For every revelation woven into the action, there's a bit of obvious philosophizing to remind you of the real point here. (It sure ain't the gunplay, though the way the six-guns spit sparks is fun to look at.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2018
Scene by scene, it's difficult to predict whether the proceedings will crackle with violence, swerve into farce, or both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2018
Equal parts comedy, drama, love story and horror story, the saga simply refuses to be easily lassoed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2018
The movie works, it well and truly works, because the four main characters come together in ways we could never have foreseen, and the actors themselves seem surprised at the twists the story takes and where their characters fall on the curve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2018
Audiard has made an atmospheric Western in which the four lead actors portray their characters with remarkable subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2018
It aerates what's already been well-trod, offering an alternately pitiless and tenderhearted lens on such hardy themes as character, filial loyalty and American progress at its most naive and voraciously destructive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2018
For the first three-quarters of The Sisters Brothers, the offbeat adventures and the fine performances are more than enough to carry the day - but then the wheels come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2018
The tonal shifts in The Sisters Brothers seem more like the result of indecision than design... The cast is strong, though, and demonstrates yet again how good acting can carry audiences through movies that otherwise would not be worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 27, 2018
The Sisters Brothers takes a bit of getting used to at the start, but the rewards are worth it.
September 26, 2018
A frequently aimless but ultimately rewarding take on brotherhood and bonding amid the itchy trigger fingers and lust for quick riches of the California gold rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2018
More than anything, "The Sisters Brothers" is an exploration of how far you can take an anti-Western before it snaps out of the genre's orbit entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2018
It's not certain what a Western purist would think of this revisionist approach, but we still can't help but revel in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2018
It has the painterly visuals of a classic film, but its lead characters are black-hatted villains whose road to redemption is mostly motivated by exhaustion rather than guilt.
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September 21, 2018
The film never sticks the Western in quotation marks, never condescends to the genre with a wink.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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September 21, 2018
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.
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September 20, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2018
The Sisters Brothers retreats back from some interesting, adventurous territory to something all too familiar.
September 20, 2018
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
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
A knockout, one-of-a-kind western from French director Jacques Audiard in which odd-bird frontier hitmen are played by Joaquin Phoenix and a hot-damn he's great John C. Reilly. Saddle up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2018
There's another reason for the lure of The Sisters Brothers. If the lives that it portrays are in transit, the world that encircles them is in even faster flux.
September 10, 2018
A dusty, squint-eyed Western ramble full of wry cowboy humor and sudden death.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2018
[It's] a traditional western, except when it's a revisionist tale. It's a my-brother's-keeper drama, except when it's a violent comedy. It's a tale of There Will Be Blood-levels of greed, except when it's a high-ho adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2018
This alcohol-soaked Frontier road trip constantly reinvents itself at every turn in fun, witty and ultimately touching ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2018
It's serving a reheated version of worn-to-the-bone male obsessions. And it made me wish, frankly, that I was seeing something bolder and newer.
September 2, 2018
You don't need a deep love of westerns to get a kick out of Jacques Audiard's wry, surprising, and often plain hilarious frontier story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2018
A compulsively watchable picture ... this is really Reilly's show.
September 2, 2018
It's the stirring chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as committed siblings that transforms these lively, violent circumstances into a sweet and intimate journey designed to catch acolytes of the genre off-guard.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 2, 2018
It's a sprawling Western that's also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes, and yet it offers the hope of redemption.
September 2, 2018
A pleasing, lovingly crafted Western from a surprising source.