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Two Men in Town Reviews

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January 22, 2016
Two Men in Town is a dusty, sun bleached saunter through redemption.
July 14, 2015
You have to get your enjoyment in bits and pieces, from the mood and the landscape and the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 8, 2015
It'll be easy for some to dismiss this as a familiar story told all too coolly, but look closer and you'll see it has a raging heart.
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March 5, 2015
The movie's melancholic, atmospheric tone, coupled with a muted performance from Whitaker, offers a new way into the material.
March 5, 2015
Eventually fails to live up to its initial promise, but as an overview of human frailty, it contains several powerful scenes that allow the cast room to articulate complex emotions in an honest manner.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 5, 2015
Even if the accents are questionable or inconsistent, there's still a sense of place and geography that's rare in contemporary American film. This is the county-sized world of a parolee, where everything seems small except the horizon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 3, 2015
While this puzzling remake can sometimes shudder tonally, Forest Whitaker plays smooth and true throughout.
March 3, 2015
Blethyn is wonderful as an all-too-rare character, a middle-aged woman who holds her own in a position of authority over violent men.
March 22, 2015
Erratic and confounding in its fractured storytelling, Rachid Bouchareb's first foray into filmmaking in the U.S., 'Two Men in Town,' is a mixed bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
March 12, 2015
Frustratingly close to something very special indeed. If only it had a screenplay to match the visuals and performances, we'd be talking about a small classic.
March 6, 2015
As exceptional as the acting in the picture is, and it is wonderful ... it can't entirely lift the movie from the rut it has all but plowed into by the end credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2015
The desert landscapes are gorgeously shot by Yves Cape, but "Two Men in Town" never seems to fully inhabit its setting. Nor does the schematic, occasionally clumsy story do justice to the skills of the cast.
March 5, 2015
The setting is striking, the cast impressive. But "Two Men in Town," a drama that's built on dread and circles the question of redemption for a newly released prisoner, falls short of the mythic territory it aspires to.
March 3, 2015
Bouchareb's free adaptation benefits from Brenda Blethyn's well-modulated performance, yet the over-signaled narrative feels like a rehash, and the leaps of faith required are wider than Dead Man's Gulch.
March 3, 2015
What seems meant as a scorching indictment of American injustice and prejudice, or perhaps the searing character study of a cornered man, just ends up looking wishy-washy and old-fashioned.
March 3, 2015
There are a handful of brilliant scenes (one between Whitaker and his adoptive mother played by Ellen Burstyn stands out), however they're few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2015
Archetypal modern Western noir... with most of its edge rubbed off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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