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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints offers no glib answers or smooth resolution, but there's no question that Lowery is a filmmaker with a striking future. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The chief asset of Ain't Them Bodies Saints is Rooney Mara, who gets more interesting with every movie. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a tone poem, really, less concerned with conventional action than with exploring themes of love and commitment through understated performances, sumptuous images (Bradford Young did the cinematography), lovely music (Daniel Hart composed the score) and very few words, intoned elegiacally. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The shadow of Terrence Malick falls hard across this Texas crime drama, a beautiful-looking prose poem that starts strong but winds up with nowhere to go. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    For all its derivative poetics -- as many exteriors as possible were shot during or just after magic hour, a la Malick -- the film is a lovely thing to experience and possesses a measure of real power. show more

  • 80
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    The point of this film is the spell it weaves and, by and large, it is successful. It’s the music, it’s the cinematography, it’s the score, it’s Casey Affleck’s hollow speaking voice — they all add up to something that resembles a fever dream facsimile of an eventful movie. show more

  • 80
    NPR

    Such an of-a-piece series of visual monuments in one year means that Ain't Them Bodies Saints has a pretty strong chance of striking some viewers as cliched or affected. Its golden-hour cinematography and persistent awe-and-wonder score sit precariously between stirring and obtrusive, inspiring and derivative. show more

  • 88
    RogerEbert.com

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film that will reward you for seeking it out. show more

  • 75
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a tone poem that doesn’t quite live up to its luster. It is so shrewdly perfect and solemn that the strong emotions layered throughout Bob and Ruth and Patrick’s intertwined story become lost in the film’s one-note mood. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Since he popped up and broke hearts in Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," Carradine has learned a wealth of practical acting knowledge about how much and how little need be done at any given moment. He provides the on-screen link to those earlier days and brings the natural authority a director craves in a performer. show more

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