Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. The best movie I've seen this year.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    9
    I think this movie was very under-rated when it was released. But it's actually terrific, much more interesting and provocative than the ponderous Gettysburg. The dialogue is very fresh and reflects 19th century cadences in the same way True Grit does.

    There are very good performances from the leads, especially from the great Jeffrey Wright (not to mention Jewel, who is rather touching). In addition the smaller roles are filled with terrific actors like Tom Wilkerson, Margo Martindale, Joathan Rhy Meyers, Jim Caviziel, and Simon Baker.
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  2. Dec 29, 2013
    8
    This is a minor masterpiece and one of the best examples of the 'Southern' (or proto-Western) sub genre. The performance are uniformly strong and Ang Lee trusts the actors to convey largely unspoken motivations. The action is intended to be upsetting, which limited the audience. It is well worth watching as a companion to thematically related films, like OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and DJANGO UNCHAINED. Full Review »