McCabe & Mrs. Miller
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Memorably described by Pauline Kael as "a beautiful pipe dream of a movie," Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller reimagines the American West as a muddy frontier filled with hustlers, opportunists, and corporate sharks -- a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A period story about a small northwest mountain village where stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie run the bordello, the production suffers from overlength; also a serious effort at moody photography which backfires into pretentiousness.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

I don't automatically object to contemporary allusions, but I prefer to find them myself, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller is so busy pointing them out to us that the effect is to undercut its narrative drive and the dignity of its fiction.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Altman, that master of interweaving stories, returned to a makeshift encampment, patched together in the country's quiltwork past. McCabe & Mrs Miller turns the American Dream to so much pipe-smoke and wind-whipped snow, fuming and blown away.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.

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Charles Taylor

The movie haunts you like a ballad whose tune you remember but whose words hang just beyond reach. And like listening to a ballad, we know the outcome of the events we're watching was foretold long ago, but we're helpless to do anything but surrender.

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Josh Larsen

"...less a deromanticized Western than an emasculated one."

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David Jenkins
Time Out

A pioneering film, in both senses of the word, and one of the key works in the American cinema of the 1970s.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Robert Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great in one way or another, but one of them is perfect, and that one is McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

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Dan Jardine

A sort of feminist Deadwood

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Kevin Cookman
A poetic, engrossing tale of Darwinism accelerated by pioneer-era capitalism and firearms, as well as a fascinating insight on the industry of prostitution and… More
Steven Carrier
I am all for genre revisions and Robert Altman's impressive "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" sits at the top of the list. One of the most interesting… More
Chris Weber
Set during the turn of the century in the Pacific Northwest in the small mining town of Presbyterian CHurch, this is the story of an enigmatic gambler and… More
Dan Schultz
An original, masterfully constructed anti-Western by the great Robert Altman concerning a "businessman" (Warren Beatty) and his relationship with a… More
Graham Jones
Altman's take on the "western" genre is a classic. With great performances and a soundtrack featuring the songs of Leonard Cohen.
Tim Salmons
I'm on the fence about this one. Interesting visually, but storywise, not that interesting.

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