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Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor continue their work capturing the stark beauty and danger of the Western landscape with this documentary. With only a soundtrack as narration, Sweetgrass tracks shepherds through Montana as they take their flocks on the long trek to the Beartooth Mountains. ~ Kimber Myers, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If there's anything we can learn from the creatures here, it's that any day in which you don't get stripped of your coat or eaten by a bear is probably a good one."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"It's a gorgeous and, believe it or not, riveting documentary...about sheep."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"[The directors] portray something indelible by capturing the rancher's old-hand ways."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Unadorned by narrative or score, it's an unsentimental portrayal of a fading way of life and the peaceful creatures under its charge."
‑ , Total Film
"If Avatar was last year's best-looking film, 2011's award may well go to a documentary shot for small change concerning sheep. No, really."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"There are audience rewards for sticking with the herd and its lonesome cowboys."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"It may not be your thing, but Sweetgrass is unlike anything you'll see in a theater this year. It bravely strays from the flock."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The talk is sheep. And normally, I'd say baa humbug to sitting down with lambs for 90 minutes. But any apprehension. abates under the power of a documentary that's as beautiful as it is informative."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"A tenaciously observed and a quietly absorbing ethnography about a pair of shepherds leading some 3,000 sheep on a 150-mile journey up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains for summer pasture."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"This beautiful and hypnotic documentary shows the agony and the ecstasy of herding sheep up into Montana's Beartooth mountains for the summer pasture."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Instead of rounding up information, this documentary about an arduous sheep drive across Montana is driven by the beauty of the landscape."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor rigorously follow the cinema-verité creed: no sonorous Morgan Freeman voiceovers, no explanatory intertitles until the finale, just carefully observed reality."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As it progresses it begins to strike a subtly elegiac, unsentimental tone..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The images, including sheep on the move up near vertical hills, are remarkable, the landscape spectacular, the unsentimental account of back-breaking, backside-aching work impressive."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"It would be foolish not to experience this film."
‑ Dominic Radcliffe, Little White Lies
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