Matewan: A Luta Final

1987

Matewan: A Luta Final

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This is the story of a 1920 coal-mine strike.

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Critic Reviews for Matewan: A Luta Final

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (2)

  • In the rich umbers of Haskell Wexler's cinematography, Matewan does look great.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If Sayles's bite were as lethal as his bark, he might have given this a harder edge and a stronger conclusion. But the performances are uniformly fine.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • In its grave clarity, it's as pure and plaintive as a mountain ballad.

    Mar 22, 2013

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Sayles must have meant his movie to stir and provoke, but the self-contained look of it yields something else -- a sense of quaintness, of harmless nostalgia.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • When this movie stumbles, it stumbles honestly and sympathetically, but, when it succeeds, it makes history sing.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie works the way Westerns have always worked: In clear, simple terms and with straightforward dramatic devices.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Matewan: A Luta Final

  • Oct 25, 2009
    Caught this on late night cable. Fantastic film on all levels. It looks great and has some amazing performances. It is everything that I love about John Sayles. It seems like every movie he makes is a social studies project (not that it's always a good thing) and you always learn about something from his films. I didn't know anything about this event and it made it more riveting. Bob Gunton, Chris Cooper (in his film debut), and James Earl Jones are brilliant.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2008
    Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones and Mary McDonnell each do a good job in this John Sayles piece on the growth of the labor union into the West Virginia coal mines of the 1920's. But, I may have set my expectations for the film a bit too high. Maybe it was meant as a warm-up for Sayles, David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe, Jace Alexander and Gordon Clapp prior to their collaboration of the following year...Eight Men Out.
    Moe E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2007
    An amazingly authentic film with great performances, photography and production design. Sayles work here is stellar, can't wait to read the book.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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