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The Quarry (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Quarry's potboiler premise is largely squandered on a slow-moving plot whose meanderings thwart the efforts of a talented cast.

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From the novel by Damon Galgut comes this searing thriller, a tale of sin and redemption set in the wilds of Texas. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Shea Whigham, Joker) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter's sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom.

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Shea Whigham
as The Man
Michael Shannon
as Chief Moore
Bobby Soto
as Valentin
Bruno Bichir
as David Martín
Jimmy Gonzales
as Deputy Blanco
Abel Becerra
as Deputy Garcia
Anthony Reynolds
as Hollis the Public Defender
Rose Bianco
as Ana Paula
Anna Watt
as Belleza the Waitress
Kadrolsha Ona Carole
as Woman in Congregation
Gordon Dexheimer
as District Attorney
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Critic Reviews for The Quarry

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13)

"The Quarry" is a slow-burn Western noir built around terrific but understated performances by Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is usually the kind of movie that I want to soak into. I like these small-town noirs and anything with Michael Shannon usually gets a thousand bonus points from me, but this film was more just OK.

April 20, 2020 | Full Review…

There are just two key ingredients, and they're not enough to make a meal.

April 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One note portrayals, skin deep characters, and a glacial pace all combine to prevent The Quarry from succeeding either as a slow-burn thriller or a message-oriented drama.

April 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There is something affecting about "The Quarry," even if it doesn't quite fully sustain its spare worldview, and despite the storytelling becoming increasingly cluttered by the end.

April 18, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Quarry" is so diagrammed that it uses its undernourished dark-side-of-the-heartland atmosphere to excuse the fact that nothing of note is really taking place.

April 18, 2020 | Full Review…

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