Reviews: The Homesman (2014)

homesmanReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: An “old-fashioned” moviemaker (and, for that matter, movie star) dipping into an equally “old-fashioned” genre—but Jones has, it’s become clear, an inclination towards scenes and motifs that tilt a bit off-course. There’s an eerie, almost supernatural quality to their journey, from the wagon full of wailing women to unapologetically strange scenes of left-field intimacy and campfire hoedowns.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A spiritual pioneer drama about the mysteries of the heart and the paradoxes of the human adventure which cannot be explained easily.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Marching decidedly to the beat of his own drummer, cowriter/star/director Tommy Lee Jones has made an endearing, feminist Western that defies expectations at every turn.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: The landscape presented in the new movie “The Homesman” has a cold elegance that almost belies its hard, flinty brutality. That life here could drive someone mad is more or less the point.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In its subdued way, The Homesman is a melancholy tale of lost souls who find temporary unity only to end up where they began…
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Homesman’ Is A Beautiful Looking Modern Revisionist Western
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The three women that she has agreed to transport are poorly defined characters. Whenever they’re on screen it just sucks the life out of the proceedings.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Before a wonky, musically folksy final scene that elicits more of a “huh?” than an emotional slam, “The Homesman” solidifies itself as a tragic, emotionally wrought piece of melancholy as bleak and harshly unforgiving as the Old West must have been.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A bleak, harrowing, stunningly photographed post-western that boldly defies convention.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Jones delivers a robust and unconventional western that deconstructs the foundational myths of the genre while elegiacally honouring the realities of frontier living.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Jones is definitely right in his sweet spot, both as an actor and as a director, when channeling the universal appeal of the American Western.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Much has been made about “The Homesman” being a feminist film. Inasmuch as it features dilemmas endured by women in the Old West, the movie is really about differences between the way men and women deal with expectation and loss.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A rich slice of hardship and redemption from the unforgiving frontier.

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