The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Reviews

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December 15, 2018
testament to the Coens' far-flung sensibilities and their persistent agility in wringing comedy, pathos, and irony from the most well-worn of genre conventions, respecting them while also gleefully dismantling them
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a divine tasting board for all things Coen brothers...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs alternates between dark, lunatic humor and darker, depressing morbidity. In other words, it's The Full Coen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2018
The Coens love how fate places a banana peel under the feet of those foolish enough to look up at stars. Desire makes fools of everyone and to the Coens, that is rich comic material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2018
So the good news here is that The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is chock-full of cunning cowpokes, ornery outlaws and frontier freaks doing their thing in the wild, wild west of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2018
These six stories add up to an achievement that is wise, ridiculous, gorgeous, hideous, and contains some of the best onscreen monologues and original characters of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2018
A little John Wayne here, a little John Wayne Gacy there, the brothers' latest is freaky frontier fun and the definitive riff on how the West was weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2018
Although the grandiloquence of the 70mm would have done well, this is a sovereign and joyful film, at last more Coen than western. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2018
Bonkers, attractive, poignant and smothered in Coen goodness, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a damn fine ode to Old Hollywood and the Wild West.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 3, 2018
... an unabashedly bleak yet oddly hopeful and entertaining meditation on the Coens' perennial preoccupations - the folly of human nature and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 3, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs confirms the great ability of the Coens to be authors of the highest level, to which we also forgive a little more length. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 3, 2018
The anthology format gives the Coens room to tinker with new tones and forms, while delivering their unique blend of comedy and dread.
December 2, 2018
Unpredictable and masterful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 30, 2018
The storytelling is so delicate and precise, like a beautiful poem squeezed of every superfluous word. This is some of the Coen Brothers best work and it deserves to be seen.
November 30, 2018
The opening segment might be the best 15 minutes of any film this year. Unfortunately, the film never reaches that level again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 30, 2018
There is so much to enjoy in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs that I can't help but (mostly) forgive those shortcomings. Any film that has a man insisting that "people are like ferrets" is all right by me.
November 29, 2018
The Coen bros. don't disappoint! Up there with some of their best work. Also, Bruno Delbonnel's cinematography is simply gorgeous. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2018
Amidst the order of the stories and their characters complementing one another, what drives the film is an emotional simplicity.
November 28, 2018
The Coen Brothers' supreme mastery of all elements of cinematic storytelling are on full display ... Frequently hilarious, occasionally moving and always stunningly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 28, 2018
Even when the film seemingly expresses a sunny disposition, that's just its devilishness playing possum.
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