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Slow West (2015)



Critic Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.

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At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.(C) A24 Films

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Michael Fassbender
as Silas Selleck
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Jay Cavendish
Rory McCann
as John Ross
Caren Pistorius
as Rose Ross
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Critic Reviews for Slow West

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (41)

Slow West crescendos into a bravura shootout between all the involved parties, and it's as gorgeous, nihilistic, and brutally sad as the rest of the film.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…

With its weirdly lyrical portrait of frontier life, this blackly comic oddity balances on the generic knife edge between the western and the musical.

June 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the title suggests, Maclean is in no hurry. Even at the most climactic moments, he always looks for an offbeat perspective.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a work of rare purity, directness and concision - a pity that it's lumbered with that slightly deceptive, off-putting title. Slow it's not.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Slow West is not much like any other western. It's not a great deal like any other film.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The western may be about as relevant to American society as the ability to lasso a rampaging steer, but the genre refuses to die. Instead it evolves, taking on new meanings with each new incarnation.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This attempt of an arthouse Western movie is only 80 minutes long but feels like two hours. It's okay to tell a story slowly but you should never make your audience feel as if they just wasted their time. It doesn't help that the humor feels so out of place and random even the editing makes other scenes unintentionally funny. Some sequences are beautifully shot, but the pointlessly bittersweet ending really makes you want to forget you watched this. What was everyone involved thinking?

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Every now and again comes a film wherein all the characters are chasing something they want, and often that thing needn't be much of anything. So is the case here where we are introduced to several different types of folks, all in search of the same thing, in this case $2000, which may not seem like a lot now but back then was quite a lot. A nicely told tale.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A more than impressive debut for John Maclean, who revisits the Western genre in an intense story about a long gone time of violence and death, showing the West in its raw brutality but with a lot of dark humor, and backed by a beautiful cinematography and great sound design.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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