Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff (2011)

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Certainly, the film is grim in many ways, but there is also great, almost astonishing, beauty. . .

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Greatly enhanced by the performances of Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood, director Kelly Reichardt's film quietly becomes engrossing - it almost sneaks up on you.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This is the sort of film critics love to praise because the filmmaker has done good work before; and well, there must be something there. Well, there's not.

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Sean Axmaker

It's a severe life in a hostile world, observed with such delicate detail that the film achieves a grace and poetry. But it is also a primal piece of filmmaking, wrought from dirt and rock and calico, illuminated by natural light and campfire.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There are stretches that are, frankly, boring. But the vivid details and intimacy you develop with these travelers sticks with you, leaving you in awe of the insane feats people had to accomplish in order for us to enjoy the world we know today.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I was hypnotized from the opening sequence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not even for Zoe Kazan. Wow, what a dull movie. I managed about 20 minutes before I'd had enough.
Chris Weber
With this film, Kelly Reichardt has made what is perhaps the most authentic and realistic portrayal of life during the early days of the Oregon Trail. As a… More
Melvin White
Here's the thing with Meek's Cutoff; it's a movie that isn't going to appeal to a large audience and probably not even a small one to be… More
Randy Tippy
I felt uneasily drawn in by this film. No beginning. No end. Just an exhausting trek across a dangerous frontier. This isn't mindless entertainment,… More
paul sandberg
There are scenes in this 2010 "western" that make watching paint dry seem like an adrenaline ride, however, there is a stark beauty to behold, and all… More
Jonathan Hutchings
I admire Meek's Cutoff's deliberate pacing, its emphasis on atmosphere, and how it cultivates a palpable portrayal of the high plan desert, but the… More