Certain Women
Certain Women (2016)

The lives of three woman intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Based on stories by Maile Meloy.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 14, 2016
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Certain Women further demonstrates writer-director Kelly Reichardt's gift for telling the stories of ordinary people with uncommon empathy and skill.

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

With the third act, the power of Reichardt's elliptical approach becomes apparent.

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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press

As with all of Reichardt's films, the gems are in the smallest moments -- the half smiles, the non-reactions and the silences between two people barely connecting.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Certain Women is so low-key that you find yourself wondering whether anything is ever going to happen... So let me spoil the surprise and save 107 minutes of yours by telling you... it doesn't.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

This is not a film of big revelations or ready-made solutions. It's gentle and finely executed storytelling about ordinary people longing for connection and meaning as they face the challenges of another day.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

For the most part, these narratives lack the kind of tension between character and setting that have made Reichardt's quiet, modest, measured films so compelling.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

I don't hate it, but I'm not sure I really like it, either.. Certain Women is pretty much just for hardcore cinephiles who get off on shot composition and editing, and for giving us Lily Gladstone.

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Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter

If the characters here are often sparing with their words, or even withholding, the visuals speak volumes.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

Certain Women is a film where a missed opportunity to connect, or a brief, surprising flash of empathy, feels crucial enough to pore over days after seeing it.

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Jeffrey Edalatpour
KQED (San Francisco)

The deference to her collaborators belies Reichardt's hold on the psychological landscape - and on the inner lives of her characters - that brings the stories of Certain Women into resonant coherence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is very uninteresting and dull to watch the banality of these women's lives, and while the film does have a good cast, I can't find any meaning in… More
Philip Price
Certain Women is my introduction to the much celebrated writer/director Kelly Reichardt who has crafted such films as Wendy and Lucy and Night Moves. Reichardt… More
Alec Barniskis
There's a quiet feminism to each of the three narratives that is always simmering in the background. This isn't new for Reichardt but it feels more… More
Daniel Parsons
Beautifully textured, understated but powerful in almost magical way. The photography is stunning, the tiny details in the minutiae of every day life are… More
K Nife Churchkey
Certain women are very uninteresting, and much like those certain women, "Certain Women" is very uninteresting. This was my introduction to Kelly… More