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Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law - outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck), his wife Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), and a local sheriff named Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), who gets caught in their crosshairs. The film, which is the second feature from writer-director David Lowery, was developed at the Sundance Institute's Writing and Producing Labs and also stars Nate Parker and Keith Carradine. The film received the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A slow, banjo-string-tight thriller ... Bodies gets under your skin and stays there."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"The [film's beauty] is not just in the incredible cinematography ... but in the way the film holds back information, blindsiding you with tiny revelations."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"David Lowery's richly woven, beautifully photographed Ain't Them Bodies Saints wears its dramatic sincerity on its sleeve."
‑ Tom Clift, Movie Mezzanine
"An honest tale of love and desperation from a couple making ends meet, Ain't Them Bodies Saints might just have been Lowery's audition for the big leagues. And he nailed it."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"This Sundance-sanctioned, love-on-the-run melodrama is indie filmmaking of a deliberately timeless sort."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Lowery has a lyrical style of storytelling that is delicate and subtle yet suffused with emotion and atmosphere. It's gentle and pointed at the same time."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A mixed bag of gorgeous images and sounds trapped in an only partially-developed narrative."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Mostly it's a flattering array of poses for the sinewy young stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, whose august company we're urged to view as a great privilege."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"This is a story about inevitable consequences, fate, predestination, a striving against insurmountable odds. This the kind of story that critics love, but many in the audience might find it a bit depressing."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A lyrical modern Western that casts a contemporary but un-jaded eye on the romantic mythology of outlaw couples."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"It is not a large film. But Lowery may well be a large talent, and he sure knows how to cast the right actors."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"I struggled at times with the stars of the film... the role seems to call for something more brooding and charismatic, and that's sadly just not Affleck's forte."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"Anchored by two strong performances from Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Beautiful and atmospheric to the point of oxygen deprivation, Ain't Them Bodies Saints may have something to say about an outlaw couple's unbreakable love, but the movie is mainly engaged in flirting with pretension."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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