IFC Films | Release Date: August 16, 2013
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MarcDoyleAug 19, 2013
One of the best movies I've seen in the last couple of years. Beautifully shot, and tremendous acting performances by the four leads (Mara, Affleck, Carradine, and Foster). It's great to finally see Ben Foster in this kind of sympathetic,One of the best movies I've seen in the last couple of years. Beautifully shot, and tremendous acting performances by the four leads (Mara, Affleck, Carradine, and Foster). It's great to finally see Ben Foster in this kind of sympathetic, virtuous role after so many years of playing the unbalanced, dangerous outsider. I also have to mention the score, which was perfect in tying the movie together, especially as the tension rises toward the climax. Lastly, Nate Parker does an amazing job in a supporting role we need to see more of him on the big screen. Expand
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DrBlahBlahMay 2, 2017
Another underrated gem, one of the few Westerns (like No Country For Old Men) that doesn't feel immediately anachronistic and silly. Beautifully shot, filled with nuanced acting, this is a movie to savor.
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beingryanjudeSep 2, 2014
David Lowery is a fairly unknown writer and director in today's industry. With Ain't Them Bodies Saints, he paints a visually moving series of occurrences. Rooney Mara along with Casey Affleck are tremendous.
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SpangleJun 22, 2015
Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film that establishes director David Lowery as a man to keep an eye on, as he displays incredible talent here in this romantic western drama. Not only is it gorgeously shot and brilliantly put together, but itAin't Them Bodies Saints is a film that establishes director David Lowery as a man to keep an eye on, as he displays incredible talent here in this romantic western drama. Not only is it gorgeously shot and brilliantly put together, but it features great performances from Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster. Very similar to Terrence Malick's films Badlands and Days of Heaven, both stylistically and story-wise, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is nowhere near as good as either of those in terms of pure film quality, but in terms of entertainment, it blows them out of the water. Far more entertaining, though still quite slow and tedious along the way, the film succeeds largely on its mise en scene and acting. The story is a bit weak, though it was told well, but it is never quite compelling as it could be and for an hour and a half, it does plod along a good bit. Not as weak or slow as a Malick film, but still. All the same, this one is a film that shows the potential of its director and showcases the talents of its brilliant cast. Expand
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foxgroveSep 11, 2013
Beautifully photographed and superbly acted. Casey Affleck proves once again that he is the better actor than brother Ben in a performance that is second only to his 'coward Robert Ford'. For the first time I have taken note of Rooney MaraBeautifully photographed and superbly acted. Casey Affleck proves once again that he is the better actor than brother Ben in a performance that is second only to his 'coward Robert Ford'. For the first time I have taken note of Rooney Mara and I honestly don't think Keith Carradine and Ben Foster have ever been better. The star of this film ,however, is the lyrical writing which the actors bring to life exquisitely. The combination of the two makes many scenes totally hypnotic. There is also a pervading sense of tragedy throughout which is underlined by the perfect and appropriately mournful score. The abrupt ending slightly disappoints but this is actually due more to my expectation than to do with the story not concluding. It could have gone on but that is another story and in effect would make this a different film. Expand
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BITESCREENJun 22, 2017
Das Liebespaar Bob (Casey Affleck) und Ruth (Rooney Mara) erwartet ein Baby und stockt die Finanzen statt mit Kredit lieber per Raubüberfall auf. Das geht natürlich schief und endet in einem Schusswechsel mit der texanischen Polizei und einerDas Liebespaar Bob (Casey Affleck) und Ruth (Rooney Mara) erwartet ein Baby und stockt die Finanzen statt mit Kredit lieber per Raubüberfall auf. Das geht natürlich schief und endet in einem Schusswechsel mit der texanischen Polizei und einer Gefängnisstrafe für Bob. Der hat jedoch bald die Nase voll und bricht kurzerhand wieder aus – doch draußen warten bereits die ausgenommenen Killer, ein liebeskranker Deputy sowie Ruths beschützerischer Ziehvater. Zwei gewalttätige Turteltäubchen im schwülen Süden der USA – das klingt schwer nach Terrence Malicks Bonnie-und-Clyde-Interpretation Badlands. Und in der Tat borgt sich David Lowery für seinen melancholischen Neo-Western The Saints einiges vom großen amerikanischen Filmemacher: Viele Aufnahmen erstrahlen in rötlichem Zwielicht, ein Gitarren-und-Geigen-Soundtrack pluckert hypnothisch, während das offenbar tiefgründige Innere der Figuren meist aus dem Off ertönt. Audiovisuell und schauspielerisch beeindruckend, bleiben Spannung und Story dabei etwas auf der Strecke – ganz wie bei Malick also. Expand
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JLuis_001Sep 6, 2017
Slow but comforting, Lowery's third feature may be too lyrical for conventional expectations but the film has a nice story and a cast of well-known stars.
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amheretojudgeJun 5, 2018
an uneven saint and a genuine human..

Ain't Them Bodies Saint Very few character driven features can carry such a heavy and layered concept through a wafer thin script and still be adequate for the viewers. The chemistry among the lead
an uneven saint and a genuine human..

Ain't Them Bodies Saint

Very few character driven features can carry such a heavy and layered concept through a wafer thin script and still be adequate for the viewers. The chemistry among the lead characters is written with passion that is clearly visible and felt to the audience where the excellence of both the execution and storytelling meets. The screenplay couldn't be more simpler yet is thought-provoking and is conveyed with a message to be explored upon. Addition to that there is enough craft and crisp for the audience to learn, chew and enjoy from. David Lowery is a brilliant director and he flaunts it in here with conviction where he is supported by amazing cinematography and perfect editing. There is no doubt raised upon on performance level, for both the lead actors; Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, are in their A game and are the bridge that helps connect the audience to the anticipated vision. It is visually pleasing and is shot perfectly that makes it supremely watchable and entertaining as it lures the viewers in through such technical aspects. Ain't Them Bodies Saint is an uneven saint and a genuine human, as it comes with both pros and cons but more importantly acceptable and supportive.
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