Certain Women Reviews

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May 19, 2017
With the third act, the power of Reichardt's elliptical approach becomes apparent.
May 18, 2017
This is not a film of big revelations or ready-made solutions. It's gentle and finely executed storytelling about ordinary people longing for connection and meaning as they face the challenges of another day.
March 3, 2017
Its rhythms and performances are built to last. If you don't seek it out now, it'll catch you later.
March 2, 2017
Kelly Reichardt elicits every nuance from her small-town characters and leaves the viewer on the verge of reading their minds.
March 2, 2017
If the characters here are often sparing with their words, or even withholding, the visuals speak volumes.
March 2, 2017
It is a movie that declines to detonate the traditional climactic revelation or catharsis that pulls everything together, and some might find it frustrating. I found it entirely absorbing. You must take time to immerse yourself in its quiet mystery.
March 1, 2017
It's a heartbreaker, pure and simple.
December 30, 2016
As with all of Reichardt's films, the gems are in the smallest moments -- the half smiles, the non-reactions and the silences between two people barely connecting.
November 3, 2016
For the most part, these narratives lack the kind of tension between character and setting that have made Reichardt's quiet, modest, measured films so compelling.
October 30, 2016
Certain Women is a film where a missed opportunity to connect, or a brief, surprising flash of empathy, feels crucial enough to pore over days after seeing it.
October 27, 2016
"Certain Women" requires patience from the viewer and isn't for anyone, but it's a film of quiet and lingering beauty.
October 21, 2016
Beautifully filmed and performed - the opening sequence using mirrors and doorframes to fuse the torsos of two characters to form a whole - is stunning, but in the end, the overall concept left me in the dark.
October 21, 2016
It's a tiptoe of a movie, but it's as elegant and graceful as the vast Montana landscape.
October 20, 2016
Reichardt lets her flawed, enigmatic heroines be, allowing them to keep struggling, persevering and relishing what can sometimes pass for tiny victories.
October 20, 2016
It's low-key, allusive, lit up with implied meanings without ever leading us by the hand.
October 20, 2016
Reichardt and her first-rate ensemble find intersections of the mundane and the mysterious all around this broad, blustery landscape.
October 20, 2016
The acting is good throughout the film, but Gladstone and Stewart are a step up from everyone else.
October 20, 2016
On this wintry landscape, with its endless plains and biting wind, it seems as if everyone - even the quietest - has a story, if you take the time to listen to it.
October 19, 2016
A movie in which it becomes very possible to respect the intent and yet be frustrated by the result.
October 17, 2016
It's detailed, delicate, and frankly, kind of an aimless drag. It isn't until the last third that the film finally comes to heartbreaking life.
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