Galveston (2018)


Critic Consensus: Galveston's talented cast - and confident direction from Mélanie Laurent - help set this uneven crime drama apart from less distinguished genre entries.


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Roy (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water) is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Elle Fanning, The Beguiled), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky's pasts.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11)

"Galveston" is tough, uncompromising, and hauntingly believable, just a little too slow and a lot too serious for today's typical action audiences.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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Bleak and gripping, Galveston offers a compelling experience for those who don't demand pure escapism and are willing to sample the darker side of cinema.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film equivalent of a familiar, not too special song that's been brilliantly re-arranged and performed.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A muted crime drama that runs out of plot too soon, but makes up for it with powerhouse performances and a finely shaded sense of place.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

With shadowy imagery that pushes the boundaries of visibility and a mumbly lead performance from Ben Foster that strains the limits of intelligibility, "Galveston" goes past film noir and lands at film murk.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The coda abruptly re-configures a tired crime saga into an altogether different kind of story, one that doesn't see redemption as something Roy might achieve for himself, but rather as something that he can give to the people who need it from him.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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