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: 73% 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.

Laura Power
Chicago Reader

Writer Julia Hart and director Daniel Barber develop the women's relationships at a careful, steady pace, giving them time to bond; this is essential since they must learn to trust and respect each other to survive.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The landscape is appropriately lush, the brutality is deftly rendered, and if the action is minimal, that may be because it isn't quite the point.

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Alistair Ryder
Film Inquiry

With the feminist themes lurking in the background but never explored in a satisfying manner, The Keeping Room is hard to see as anything other than a missed opportunity.

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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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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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Jordi Costa
El Pais (Spain)

A film in which Daniel Barber returns to the western, focusing again on female figures isolated in a hostile landscape. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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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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Alberto Abuín

At times the film approaches pure horror, shocking the audience and making it expectant of what can happen next. [Full review in Spanish]

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