Cutter's Way
Cutter's Way (1981)

Adapted from Newton Thornburg's novel Cutter and Bone, the film explores the travails of Alex Cutter, a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War (John Heard), and his friend (Jeff Bridges), a drifter accused of murder. The film disappeared… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Suffers from a terminal case of creative indecision.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An inspiring film, it is constructed like a thriller; but instead of reaching for thrills, it leaves them in the background and concentrates on the complexities of its characters.

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Peter Bradshaw

The film moves with an easy uncoerced swing: moment by moment, scene by scene, we are unsure what to think or where we are going. It is a fascinating, organically grown drama.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Almost as impressive as Polanski's Chinatown and an extraordinary change of gear from one of the fine Czech New Wave's most notable alumni.

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

An underrated classic.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's the sort of picture that never wants to concede what it's about. It is, however, enchanted by the sound of its own dialogue, which is vivid without being informative or even amusing on any level.

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Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

[Heard] is one of America's great lost actors.

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Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

Passer continued his wayward career without ever producing anything quite like Cutter again. It's a one-off, a largely overlooked shining gem. Do yourself a favour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
The crime thriller didn't manage to tickle the bones enough. Not an ideal source of entertainment, but tolerable all the same.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Cutter's Way" starts out with Richard Bone's(Jeff Bridges) jalopy breaking down in an alley during a rainstorm and he… More
Matheus Carvalho
A forgotten paranoia trhiller from the 80s which delivers the goods with complex characters and great performances from Jeff Bridges and John Heard.
Jason Reneau
John Heard is SO good in this movie! The plot is, for lack of a better word. Crazy! A disfigured Vietnam Veteran named, Cutter. Who is more known for his… More
Stephen M
An excellent, slow-burning, occasionally noirish thriller. Jeff Bridges plays Richard Bone, a yacht salesman/gigolo who accidentally witnesses the disposal of a… More
Stephen Earnest
Though lacking in both resolution and story line, "Cutter's Way" benefits from strong lead performances, well-written characters, and totally… More