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Reviews: Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

aint_them_bodies_saintsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Lowery vola alto, raccontando una crime story rurale, che potrebbe essere il seguito ideale de La rabbia giovane di Terrence Malick, ma che guarda anche alle magnifiche decostruzioni dei generi di Altman e Penn, da I compari a Gangster Story.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net
    • Excerpt: David Lowery propone un thriller romántico que coquetea con Malick en su delicadeza formal y emocional. Exquisitez técnica y grandes interpretaciones, muy recomendable.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It’s one of the best films of the year, and its shrugging Malick comparisons should be taken with a grain of salt — particularly for those of us whose admiration of the man is held with some reservation and qualification.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: David Lowery’s film is in many ways decent, competent, occasionally even above average. But it’s not quite that good.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A character-driven post-Western drama about the terrible toll of loss when two lovers are separated from each other for a long time.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director David Lowery hasn’t made a movie so much as he’s made an imitation of one.
  • [New – 7/10/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hay que reconocer que “En un lugar sin ley” es muy bonita visualmente, y que sí que tiene planos y escenas que recuerdan mucho a Malick; pero también hay que reconocer que es insufrible.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: For all its artistry, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is saddled with one of the worst movie titles in recent memory.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: An inevitable journey that leads to its final emotional beats, which are unforeseeably poignant, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is destined to be admired rather than liked.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Can love survive separation and desperation? “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a stylistic drama that attempts to explore a concept that’s been overdone and may have little life left in it.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: his epic yet intimate film succeeds on the strength of its picturesque imagery, a trio of great performances and an ambitious sense of purpose.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Its tone is inviting and the clear, understated storytelling makes it easy to watch. The script provides plenty of space for the actors to draw out and work with their characters’ inner lives.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: It’s hardly an original tale, but the excellent cast and Lowery’s commanding aesthetic prevent the story from devolving into mustiness.
Updated: June 20, 2013 — 7:58 pm

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