Stillwater

critic Reviews

, 75% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Stillwater isn't perfect, but its thoughtful approach to intelligent themes -- and strong performances from its leads -- give this timely drama a steadily building power.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    This is a thoughtful, knotty character study, albeit one nestled inside a polished, and less interesting, action thriller.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It seems Marseilles's immigrant population, as with Knox herself, are treated as mere casualties in Stillwater's grand vision. If only that vision had some substance to it.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    The quality of the acting makes it easy to overlook how increasingly leaden "Stillwater" becomes - but not easy enough.
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    Raphael AbrahamFinancial Times
    This is a man who has lost step with his times... but there is something touching about his earnest politeness and also something novel: when was the last time you saw a conservative blue-collar dad in a leading role?
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    It'd be more openly ridiculous, feel far more manipulative, if not for Damon's performance... [His] magic is in making a certain plainness, a near-anonymity, defiantly charismatic.
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    David SimsThe Atlantic
    McCarthy's excellent, if sprawling, script is more interested in the humans behind the headlines and the messy ways people try to reconcile their grief and guilt after indescribable trauma.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    Within half an hour its drama loses emotional records and dries up like an oil well in the desert when Matt Damon plays an ordinary hero lost in Marseille. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Bennett Campbell FergusonWillamette Week
    Stillwater's sharp emotional claws shred Bill's moral authority and the myth of American exceptionalism. In ways both shocking and right, director Tom McCarthy reinvents the story seemingly in real time.
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    Eleanor Ringel CaterSaporta Report (Atlanta)
    Stillwater is the sort of film Hollywood used to make effortlessly: big stars, intriguing characters, glamorous setting, juicy set-up, some minor violence.
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    Zehra PhelanFlavourmag
    Tom McCarthy's vision has its moments of thrills and uplifting humour but it takes on a very disjointed path that leads to a questionable resolution on a number of story points and an absurd route of justice.
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