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: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Despite its sparseness and haunting photography, the film proves to be little more than a home-invasion thriller low on thrills.

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Marc Mohan

Ultimately, "The Keeping Room" feels more like a clumsy melding of "Unforgiven" and "12 Years a Slave" than a unique take on violence, race, and gender.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

While the gender-based farmhouse siege is suspenseful and bloody, director Daniel Barber weighs in too heavily with extended silences that slow down the goings-on of a film that has darkly lit tension, lovely scenery and fiercely presented ideas ...

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Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Inquirer

Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday.

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Alex Falcone
Willamette Week

It's a bleak, relentless movie, acted with a steely-eyed intensity that makes it feel important, though certainly not enjoyable.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Whatever its intentions, "The Keeping Room" does little more than preserve the illusion of a martyred, righteous Confederacy.

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Chris Knight
National Post

The Keeping Room, beautifully shot in withered browns like a fading photograph, creates a perfectly realized world, at once part of history and yet outside of it.

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