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November 18, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the perfect Coen Brothers' movie, albeit sliced and diced.
November 17, 2018
Each story feels unique, yet cut from the same cloth. Here are six tales from the American Frontier, six tales of violence and vengeance, irony and existence, survival and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 17, 2018
The film is an intriguing experiment for the Coens and it's one that's very rewarding for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 17, 2018
With "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," the Coen brothers sing a different tune, albeit in a minor key. Ah, but what sweet music!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 17, 2018
Tragedy is at the forefront of the Coen Brothers western anthology. The wildly entertaining yarn incorporates many of the Coen's staples, quirky characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of misfortune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 17, 2018
Uneven, but it exhibits the brothers' quirky sense of humor throughout, as well as their undeniable filmmaking finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 17, 2018
Couldn't look more like a carefully constructed omnibus if it emerged from the Amicus imprint during the 1960s and featured Christopher Lee as the Host and Joan Collins as the Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2018
Will not be to every taste, but for a few of us it's a treasure trove worth re-visiting, whether in small dips, or in another deep-dive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2018
After a darkly hilarious musical number, the Buster story loses steam in its goofy closing moments - but that's OK, it's time to move on to the next chapter!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2018
Certain segments are far more engaging than others, but overall The Ballad of Buster Scruggs makes for an intriguing piece of anthology storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2018
It's occasional magic realism, painful sweetness and unique worldview makes it clearly Coen and is among their best films.
November 16, 2018
As usual, the Coens have reinterpreted our mythic tales and jolted our imaginations.
November 16, 2018
The Coen brothers are past masters of the form and concoct a heady brew of Wild West tales here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2018
For all its hot-iron violence, The Ballad is a raucously funny tale, and the humour carries into the second chamber piece, full of actual gallows humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 16, 2018
Those Coen brothers have once again struck storytelling gold by heading to the outdoors.
November 16, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a rootin', tootin', dang fine bit o' work slotted firmly in the good books of the Coens filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 16, 2018
It's like a beautifully embroidered needlework laid across a gravesite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2018
These punchy little tales veer from slapstick to tragedy, all working in service of the Coens' fatalistic, class-clown philosophy, according to which life might be just a cruel, cosmic joke but it's a pretty good one sometimes.
November 15, 2018
[B]ecause the film comes from Ethan and Joel Coen, it is ... as funny and clever as it is despairing and hopeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2018
Serves as a perfect smorgasbord of their work: Gross yet laugh-out-loud violence, memorable characters, and storylines that are never far from taking a turn for the macabre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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