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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Reviews

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November 16, 2018
Some stories are better than others, but even the best are merely pleasantly diverting, while the bad are distractingly mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2018
Unfortunately, these six campfire stories also distinctly feel like odds and ends that've been sitting in a drawer gathering dust.
November 15, 2018
Maybe all these dutifully meaningless stories would have been easier to swallow spaced out into standalone episodes, as the directors had originally planned.
November 15, 2018
You'd think with viewers' short attention spans and love of binge-watching, it would be the perfect format for today. But "Buster Scruggs" is mostly unengaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2018
A few sharp one-liners seem to be anchoring a meandering story that, however beautifully filmed, fails to linger in the mind, dissipating quickly like all that gunsmoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2018
While it's stuffed with charming stars, colorful characters, and tales of life in the Wild West, this cowboy collection is clunky, indulgent, and ultimately underwhelming.
September 2, 2018
Once it's time to switch tones, the Coens don't seem to have much to say other than pointing to the well-documented fact that the American frontier was a violent place.
November 9, 2018
As a whole Buster Scruggs is too often like a gunfighter firing nothing but blanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2018
One should never take a Coen Brothers film for granted, but this definitely feels like one of the least of their efforts.
November 14, 2018
Every tale in "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" runs out of steam before it runs out of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2018
Not all of the episodes are successful and, sorry to say, stretches of the movie are duller than you might expect from the Coens. But this is a Coen brothers film and, as such, demands some attention...
November 17, 2018
If my long experience with the Coens holds, where the films that grate take time to smooth, I'll love Buster Scruggs in four or five years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 12, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is whimsical, fantastical, hilarious, melancholic, and often brutally violent ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2018
The Coen Bros. are back to familiar landscapes (the Old West), familiar themes (death, nostalgia, cruelty), and familiar styles (self-indulgent, self-congratulatory humor) in the six-short-story film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 11, 2018
More so than usual, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs sees the Coen Brothers toying with audience expectations, resulting in a film that is all over the map and always completely unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 15, 2018
The Coens whisk through these stories in impressive fashion as the tone shifts from darkly comical to unexpectedly violent... [These] shifts aren't easy to pull off, but the Coens make it look effortless -- crafting a film that never missteps.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 18, 2018
A slightly unbalanced piece, this still features all the black humour, brutal violence, and gorgeous imagery we've come to expect from the Coen Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 12, 2018
Whichever type of Coen film you prefer, there's a bit of that to be found here. Kazan and Nelson are best in show, though it's the shifting tone that's the true focus here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2018
So the results are mixed in that Buster Scruggs is considered a feature film, and thus the anthology episodes should be taken individually rather than cohesively.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 13, 2018
An unconventional masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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