Ain't Them Bodies Saints Synopsis
A man (Casey Affleck) takes the blame when his lover (Rooney Mara) shoots and wounds a policeman.
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The Guardian

The film is so singular, it's hard to place. At times, its elegiac visual quality evokes Terrence Malick, but Lowery's scripting is tighter...
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
Lowery is the real deal and understands filmmaking, and this is abundantly clear in this searing, romantic crime drama and love story.
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90

The Dissolve

By Keith Phipps
While virtually every shot looks like a work of art, much of the beauty of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints comes from Lowery’s refusal to choose...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a tone poem, really, less concerned with conventional action than with exploring themes of love and commitment through understated...
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90

Village Voice

By Chuck Wilson
Lowery isn't a Malick and he's certainly no Kazan, but he's his own man, and a filmmaker to watch.
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88

RogerEbert.com

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film that will reward you for seeking it out.
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80

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
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,...
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80

NPR

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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...
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Slow as molasses but every bit as rich.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
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...
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Crime, Love, and Punishment

By pedsarq
This movie explores the uncontrollable passions that drive us to do crazy things -- mostly when we're young -- such as blind love, lust, anger, and greed. This movie moves methodically between...

Bravo David Lowry!

By legs4680
Must see movie! Acting is superb! The choice of a period that is up to the viewer is genius and forward thinking! I can not wait for the next film from David Lowry!...

Very Good but sound is mumbled

By Lovemovies63
The story and filming is very good, however, because of the tenseness and heaviness of the characters, coupled with a Texas southern accent, the dialog is hard to understand through much of the move....

Poetic and darkly delicate

By jaylynnalise
Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." No film I have seen this year embraced this ethos with the skill, understanding and artistry of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." Every...

Terrible waste of great talents.

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By lakaufman
Great character development, strong acting....

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aspires to be poetic and falls flat

By mcneild05
This film tries very hard to be poetic but falls short. Mara and Affleck's skills are superb but it still fails....

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Rated NR | For Some Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Poetic outlaw romance is beautifully acted but violent.
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