Stillwater

Stillwater

Stillwater

The writer-director of Best Picture Oscar-winner Spotlight helms this crime-drama centred on an Oklahoma oil-rig roughneck who travels to France in an attempt to exonerate his daughter for a murder she claims she didn't commit. Stars Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland).

2021Rating: M, Violence & offensive language139 minsUSADreamWorks Pictures
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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It's a testament to (Damon's) tightly coiled performance that Bill comes off as nuanced and sympathetic as he does...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

(Stillwater would) be more openly ridiculous, feel far more manipulative, if not for Damon's performance... (His) magic is in making a certain plainness, a near-anonymity, defiantly charismatic.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

The quality of the acting makes it easy to overlook how increasingly leaden Stillwater becomes - but not easy enough.

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Salon

Salon

Stillwater should be a deep investigation into a moral quandary, but it just ends up being shallow and irresponsible.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Matt Damon plays the ultimate ham-fisted American in France, doing such a good job of it that he helps disguise the flaws of this sometimes compelling but often frustrating movie.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Ultimately, the cacophony of all these plot lines converging and the weight of the messaging being conveyed is almost too much to bear.

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Vulture

Vulture

An enthralling, exasperating, and, above all else, ambitious affair that doesn't soften or demand sympathy for its difficult main character but does insist on according him his full humanity.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

Overly long but thoughtful...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Bad things happen and it’s somebody’s fault, but it’s all so very vague.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Stillwater gives itself over to drastic plot twists that derail what was already a film over-stuffed with narrative incident and ideas.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Stillwater is wonderfully compelling before becoming completely baffling.

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Paste

Paste

A hokey and hectoring saga that evinces little respect or affection for its characters.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It's possible to... admire the obvious intelligence and care that have been brought to bear on Stillwater - without fully buying the trail of contrivances and compromises it leaves in its wake.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

An ideal fusion of a Hollywood-style overall narrative with the detailed, lived-in emotional truth of a first-rate European effort.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Matt Damon gives a solid performance... But (the) story is clunky, old-fashioned and predictable when it’s not implausible.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Stillwater mashes up quest-for-justice, father-daughter dramatics, fortysomething romance and mid-life introspection for a refreshingly adult drama.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

It’s rather remarkable that a big Hollywood studio is releasing this difficult, curious film. I hope people give its heady mix of melodrama and political allusion a chance.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It’s a disappointing, uneven and overlong film, but there’s something oddly compelling about how messy the end result is.

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Variety

Variety

Bidegain knows (that) literal-mindedness gets boring, and so he and Debré come at each scene sideways: They let certain things happen off screen, focusing instead on seemingly mundane snapshots that reveal far more about character.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A strained but strangely affecting turducken of a movie that bakes a dad-on-a-mission thriller together with a heartwarming fish-out-of-water story and then a brutal crime drama...

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