Wind River (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Wind River lures viewers into a character-driven mystery with smart writing, a strong cast, and a skillfully rendered setting that delivers the bitter chill promised by its title.

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WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan.

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All Critics (227) | Top Critics (37)

At a deep and icy level, Wind River is about power. . . There's something else going on here, and white masculinity is at its heart. The movie that can wring catharsis out of that will be a long time coming.

Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Bundle up: "Wind River" will blow you away.

Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[Wind River] is still a film worth seeing-as, one hopes, will be whatever films lie in Sheridan's promising future.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

[Taylor] Sheridan paints a searing picture of life on society's margins - people who live with 'silence and snow' and not much else.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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The pace was breakneck in Sheridan's previous thrillers, but in this whodunit the mood is more ruminative and the dialogue is portentous.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Sheridan has professed admiration for Clint Eastwood's towering anti-Western "Unforgiven" and dark-night-of-the-soul dramas from Michael Mann. Both are reference points for his adept mix of masculine posturing and wounded soul-searching.

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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I nearly bought this as I like most of Elizabeth Olsen's movies. So glad I did a 99c rental instead. Really wasn't into this at all.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Taylor Sheridan is an excellent screenwriter but here directs a barely average effort that, despite Renner's solid performance, fails to be cohesive enough and offer compelling motivations for Olsen's character, who is mostly wasted and doesn't have that much to do in all this.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Taylor Sheridan's third film of his Trilogy about the modern American trilogy is the gloomiest. The hunt for a murderer and rapist in the snowy Wyoming mountains is as chilly as it sounds, driven by great acting and culminates in a burst of violence. 50 years ago this film, similar to the two unrelated predecessors, would have worked perfectly as a western movie. It basically still is one. Outstanding work by everyone involved.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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The body of a young Native American woman is found out in the snowy reaches of Wyoming and the following investigation is the gist of this film. Along the way are a couple of obviously "meaningful" monologues that nearly derail the work, before we get to the action of the final third wherein the piece finds its footing. Much is left out here in terms of character development by writer/director Taylor Sheridan but all is forgiven in that selfsame third. Renner too is clumsy for much of the piece, but by the end finds his way. Another "give it a chance to work" work.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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