Woman Walks Ahead (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Woman Walks Ahead gets some extra mileage out of watchable work from Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes, but uneven pacing and two-dimensional characters undermine their efforts.

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Based on true events, WOMAN WALKS AHEAD tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is welcomed with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship-and his life-are threatened by imperious government forces, Catherine must contend with the violence that underlies her position.

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As a New York widow who travels to South Dakota in 1889 to paint Sitting Bull, the stellar Jessica Chastain can't save this Hollywoodized frontier biopic from grave historical inaccuracy.

Jun 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes bring smarts and chemistry to this worthy Western.

Jun 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Woman Walks Ahead is too often one step behind in making us care.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The good intentions it carries out to the plains don't make up for the tentative falseness at its center, a hero who could herself benefit from a portraitist's clear vision.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's all ridiculously romanticized and self-serving. But the performances are so good and Michael Eley's vistas, shimmeringly shot in New Mexico, are so stunning, it feels churlish to resist

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

But if it doesn't exactly feel revelatory or deeply explored as a historical document, it's still an intriguing story, capably told.

Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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