The Retrieval Synopsis
During the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a gang of bounty hunters to retrieve a wanted man.
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Variety

By Joe Leydon
Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an...
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80

Time Out New York

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Along the way, director Chris Eska provides ample space for his principals to breathe, wisely homing in on the uneasy gaze of the...
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It is indeed a beautiful film, but with each horizon tinged with sadness.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
Leveraging limited resources to impressive effect, writer-director Chris Eska’s empathetic scripting and well-tuned casting reliably guide...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
The Retrieval comes at you like a haunting slip of a memory, one that writer-director Chris Eska retrieves from a mostly forgotten era in...
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Although Eska’s story is fairly simple (and created prior to "12 Years a Slave"" and "Django Unchained," which made slavery-era films part...
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The film’s reckoning, when it comes, is fully as heartbreaking as it should be.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Despite its meager budget, The Retrieval is characterized by its authenticity. The dialogue and attitudes are persuasive in creating both a...
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75

RogerEbert.com

More than any film in recent memory, The Retrieval made this reviewer yearn for the subtle softness and subliminal flicker of celluloid, as...
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Mr. Eska’s choices are thoughtful if sometimes studied: the movie is well cast with solid performers, and if the handsome digital images...
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The Retrieval

By hansardcp
The Retrieval was a movie that...

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Rated R | For Some Violence