Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Kelly Reichardt's marvelous, minimalist epic, amounts to a master class in the power of observation.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Temperamentally in sync with her "Wendy and Lucy" director, Michelle Williams plays one of the toiling wives. And the actress, with her calm center, compresses the entire history of frontier wifeliness into the concentration with which she gathers firewood and loads a musket.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Meek's Cutoff is an ambitious feat of visual storytelling that's alive to both its landscape and the actors who people it.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's nothing out there remotely like Meek's Cutoff, for which some viewers may be thankful. The ending seems calculated to drive the literal-minded screaming out of the theater and yet it's the only possible way out.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Reichardt has crafted a haunted dream of a movie to get lost in.
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By Ella Taylor
If Meek's Cutoff is every inch a Western, it's an art-film mutant of the genre, inching along with intensely naturalistic obsession for detail that courts tedium even as it dares us not to pay attention.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
I wanted to like Meek's Cutoff more than I did. Reichardt and her writer, Jonathan Raymond, bring a quiet, watchful sensibility to their work, allowing the actors room to reflect and riff. But the stilted language and rectitude of the times don't always mesh with the acting.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A realistic slice of pioneer life that offers a disquieting alternative vision of America's most mythic location.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
In this visually and emotionally severe landscape, Reichardt has created the sort of film that will inspire grad students to write passionate thesis papers - and casual moviegoers to feel as lost as her would-be settlers.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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