The Retrieval
The Retrieval (2014)

1864: as war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. THE RETRIEVAL follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 2, 2014
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2015
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The Retrieval's potency transcends its scope. It shows you, in microcosm, the sacrifices that forge the conscience not only of a boy, but of a nation.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

The movie's flaws are not missteps, but steps not taken.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

The film is subtle at times, yet provides an intense depiction of internal destruction, betrayal and sacrifice.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

"The Retrieval" comes at you like a haunting slip of a memory, one that writer-director Chris Eska retrieves from a mostly forgotten era in unforgettable ways.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Low-budget period indies rarely inhabit their world as convincingly as does this drama, which is set in the South in 1864.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's not a coming-of-age movie, and it's not a slavery movie. Nor is 'The Retrieval' a Civil War movie.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It is indeed a beautiful film, but with each horizon tinged with sadness. If it was an Instagram filter, it would probably be called melancholy or something.

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Godfrey Cheshire

Both in its structure and its dialogue, Eska's writing is similarly adroit, and he matches those accomplishments with the topnotch performances he gets from his three leads.

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Sarah Boslaugh

... less a Civil War picture than a road movie and a coming-of-age tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"The Retrieval" starts in Virgnia in 1864 with young Will(Ashton Sanders) seeking shelter at a station on the Underground Railroad which turns out to… More
Panta Oz
Chris Eska made this period drama in a fashion which was very heavy on the viewer. Well acted from Ashton Sanders as Will, Tishuan Scott as Nate, Keston John as… More