Wind River Reviews

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August 21, 2018
Wind River reveals itself to be a full-fledged message movie. This shift in tone, while not surprising considering the cartoonish villains and muted sentiment, goes against the film's natural instincts.
August 20, 2018
Unfortunately, [Sheridan] just didn't do a great job of making it about the missing and murdered indigenous people so much as he instead made it about another boring white guy.
March 8, 2018
Wind River ultimately aims to be an existential survival movie, but that aim is rarely true.
December 22, 2017
A ponderous policier that posits white saviors of native peoples for the umpteenth time. Except for the landscape photography, utterly forgettable.
December 13, 2017
The disenfranchised and the victims, even in this modest, watchable mystery-thriller, deserve to be the heroes of their own stories.
September 14, 2017
Most of the dialogue would look good on a series of commemorative tea towels. It certainly doesn't belong on the lips of an actor as gifted as Renner.
September 8, 2017
Wind River ticks all the right boxes. It also leaves a bad smell.
September 7, 2017
I won't bore on here, even though it's my inclination, but will say that while Sheridan's intentions were undoubtedly noble, this makes the whole enterprise feel cheaply mainstream and exploitative.
September 6, 2017
A terrible shame to use such an interesting setting for such a conventional story.
August 25, 2017
Wind River may be [the native's] home, but this is Lambert's story. He, in the end, is the great white savior - which is a plot device Hollywood has been using since well before the days of John Ford and Howard Hawks.
August 25, 2017
Wind River fails to clear the incredibly high bar set by [Sheridan's] previous films.
August 23, 2017
In the end, the sound of gunfire drowns out the cries of characters whose lot in life seems to demand that they find ways to bear the unbearable.
August 23, 2017
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.
August 17, 2017
The pace was breakneck in Sheridan's previous thrillers, but in this whodunit the mood is more ruminative and the dialogue is portentous.
August 16, 2017
. . .when a film centres its plot around a radicalised socio-political problem but still focuses almost exclusively on white protagonists, its ability to provide an in-depth look at these issues is further diminished.
August 14, 2017
While it is satisfying to see retribution on those involved in the assault, there is an underlying emptiness to the conclusion.
August 11, 2017
The cause is just and the ambition is admirable, but the result is middling in both the writing and directing departments.
August 11, 2017
It's when [the film's] mystery comes down to its inevitably messy humanity that the film struggles most conspicuously.
August 10, 2017
This is not thriller that raises social awareness; it's another white savior fantasy, just in the package of a grim procedural.
August 10, 2017
Everything that sets this story apart from a familiar murder mystery is unceremoniously tossed aside once the mystery comes together...
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