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Sweet Virginia (2017)



Critic Consensus: Smart and well-acted, Sweet Virginia delivers a tense, atmospheric thriller that transcends genre conventions even as it embraces them.

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A mysterious stranger sends shockwaves through a close-knit community in this nerve-jangling slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship-a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam's darkest demons. Driven by tour de force performances from Christopher Abbott and Jon Bernthal, this precision crafted thriller pulses with an air of quivering dread. With Imogen Poots and Rosemarie Dewitt.

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Critic Reviews for Sweet Virginia

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (17)

[Sweet Virginia] is a high-quality physical and psychological thriller.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A lot to take in - too much, really.

December 1, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Dagg and sibling screenwriters Benjamin and Paul China ratchet up the tension. So does the eerie score by another set of siblings, Will and Brooke Blair, who previously teamed for the horror thriller Green Room.

November 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cut from the same cloth as the modern-day classic Blue Ruin, Sweet Virginia is a solid genre exercise.

November 28, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The cast and creators of "Sweet Virginia" dig underneath flat pulp conventions and find the real pain and emotional instability at their roots.

November 22, 2017

All that said, the movie is well put together, enough so that if you're not entirely tired of its clichés, it might constitute a tolerable entertainment. I'd rather watch Double Indemnity for the 15th time.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sweet Virginia


Bernthal is one of those character actors that deserves these central roles, he tends to be relegated to supporting roles which is okay but not great. This plays out like a good old fashioned film noir and sadly it does not go very well for all the characters involved. Indie crime films tend to be missed by the masses, unlike indie comedy which can garner more interest. This is a great film and the filmmakers are to be watch carefully as this demonstrates a rising talent to watch. Abbott has been garnering a lot of interest since The Sinner and he is the unpredictable bad guy here, he never wastes a single scene. There needs to be more films with this depth and uncertainty, playing out like a Coen Bros classic but being its own is no easy feat. 24/10/2018.

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

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A murderer-for-hire stews at a motel while he awaits payment for a job. At the motel the manager was having an affair with one of the victims. The assassin and manager strike an uneasy relationship. The two are tortured souls who are destined towards reckoning. The movie is a beautifully photographed, moody story that favors style over substance.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

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