The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

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Critic Reviews for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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After a darkly hilarious musical number, the Buster story loses steam in its goofy closing moments - but that's OK, it's time to move on to the next chapter!

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Taken as a whole, it's smart, snappy filmmaking from the duo who, 30-plus years into their careers, are still revealing new tricks hidden up their sleeves.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

You'd think with viewers' short attention spans and love of binge-watching, it would be the perfect format for today. But "Buster Scruggs" is mostly unengaging.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ethan and Joel Coen have a reputation for making films that shatter expectations, and "Ballad" is no exception.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's also entirely too much talk and an ending that goes nowhere. But the film as a whole satisfies, even if it's something less than the sum of its parts. Any new Coen Bros. offering is always worth celebrating.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the strangest and least legible of the Coen brothers' films, but it also revels in their sheer joy in creating movies.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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As with most anthologies this movie is a bit of a mixed bag, however I like that you get the full range of the Coen Brothers here. Looney Tunes-esque mayhem, brutal violence, and a preoccupation with death's inevitability.

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