National Anthem

critic Reviews

, 89% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A soulful exploration of sexual fluidity with a vivid Americana backdrop, National Anthem earns a salute.
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    Ryan LattanzioindieWire
    Plummer’s performance, a marvel of the taciturn turned wide awake, sets him up as one of the great actors of his generation.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    It’s not a grand landscape but a small portrait of wistfulness and wanting in the West, fluttering and touching.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Director/co-screenwriter Luke Gilford’s professional resume and his personal brushes with queer rodeo give this feature debut a sense of authenticity as it captures a unique, expressive and welcoming home on the range.
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    Krysta FauriaAssociated Press
    More than anything, Gilford’s film ought to be lauded for the way it continues telling a story about a subculture that few know exist.
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    David LewisSan Francisco Chronicle
    “National Anthem” seems impossibly idyllic yet palpably authentic at the same time
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    Natalia KeoganAV Club
    Though lushly lensed by cinematographer Katelin Arizmendi, there isn’t much under the quietly glam veneer of National Anthem.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Offering a fresh perspective on familiar themes of acceptance and belonging, this quietly powerful coming-of-age drama resonates with authenticity.
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    Jesse HassengerThe Daily Beast
    It would be easy enough to argue that National Anthem isn’t a Western at all. But for the genre to move into the 21st century without riding purely on nostalgia, it needs movies like National Anthem that don’t feel bound by tradition.


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    Dustin ChaseGalveston Daily News
    A disco ball reflecting new light into multiple sub-genres of film.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    It’s an attractive tableau…but just as superficial as Strange Way of Life, the gay western Pedro Almodovar made last year that was pretty much a half-hour commercial for Yves Saint Laurent.
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