The Keeping Room
The Keeping Room (2015)

In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 2015
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Daniel Barber's beautifully shot and authentically set story is somewhat disjointed, but good acting and the women's bond nearly make up for that.

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David Ehrlich
Little White Lies

Riveting from start to finish and profoundly crowd-pleasing in its later stretches, The Keeping Room is a spare but unsparing film that empowers its women by allowing them to find a power of their own.

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Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

War is cruelty and it's Hell and it's terrible and it often feels eternal, but it breeds great heroes and wild stories, just like the ones within The Keeping Room, the kind you want to fight for.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

A handsomely mounted but frustratingly mannered period drama that, in addition to its many other problems, ends just when things appear to be getting really interesting.

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Prairie Miller
Critical Women

A bold and ballsy fantasy feminist western with tall tale truth telling at its core, the film subversively sets in motion 19th century gender reinvention during war. With women always fighting a different battle, no matter which side of whatever war.

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

A feminist western with bite, the movie features a compelling portrait of resistance. Its events may unfold in the past, but the struggles speak to the present with the same canny focus.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

What might have looked intriguing on paper appears to have been largely pared away in the artsy mannerisms and loaded silences of Brit director Daniel Barber's self-consciously elliptical treatment.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Self-conscious, minimalist Civil War thriller that transcends its trappings to deliver a pitiless confrontation that damned satisfying.

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Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine

This is a film that deserves to be seen for its visual touches and for Marling, who continues to expand her range and show why she's bound to end up with a major award on her mantle sooner rather than later.

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