As Jeannette, of the New York Times puts it, if there’s such a thing as an easygoing thriller, then Hell or High Water is it. Check out what she and our other three picks of reviewers made of this film.
Hell Or High Water is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition. The movie stars Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma) and Gil Birmingham (The Lone Ranger). David Mackenzie (Young Adam) directed from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario).
Hell or High Water is rated R. It’s theatrical release here in the USA is this weekend with the UK due to get the film on September 9th 2016. Hence, this time, we have no British sample review.
New York Times
Hell or High Water review by Jeannette Catsoulis
If there’s such a thing as an easygoing thriller, then Hell or High Water is it.
Proving an unexpectedly good fit for the material, the British director David Mackenzie was chosen on the strength of his previous feature. [That was] Starred Up (2014). But the sense of decline and drift that infuses Hell or High Water has more in common with his ferociously bleak 2003 drama. Young Adam hero shares Toby’s broody inwardness.
Mr Pine, in a quietly watchful performance (no Captain Kirk joshing here). [He] gives Toby a cagey cleverness that allows Mr Foster to shine as his gleefully lawless accomplice.
Rating: 4.5 Stars, from our reading of the review Full Review
The Washington Post
Hell or High Water review by Ann Hornaday
This smart, superbly crafted neo-western more than holds its own.
As the grizzled, almost-retired lawman on the thieves’ trail, [Jeff] Bridges adds a layer of mordant world-weariness.
The filmmakers are occasionally too obvious by half in their depiction of the Big Bad Banks. [However] they still deserve credit for bringing style and solid values to a movie. [The film] winds up being less about crime, comeuppance and genre cliches than continuity, change, the cruel legacy of dispossession and the fight to create a usable past. In a word, Hell or High Water is terrific.
Rating: 4.5 stars, converted from their rating of 3.5/4 Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Hell or High Water review by Glenn Whipp
A gripping heist drama keenly attuned to the outsider politics of our times.
The film sports two Robin Hoods, brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster). [They are] armed with guns, ski masks and a very precise plan. They demand small-denomination bills and hit only branches of one specific bank. You may conclude that they’re crazy or holding a grudge. Both observations turn out to be true. Though, of the two, it’s Tanner, one year removed from a 10-year jail stretch, who’s the more volatile of the two.
Director David Mackenzie keeps the story moving briskly, striking a nice balance between the jolting robbery sequences and the ruminative conversations between its two pairs of men.
Rating: 4.5 stars, from our reading of the review Full Review
Hell or High Water review by Chris Nashawaty
You might have to go back to 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde to find a film about bank robbers that feels as of its time as David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water.
Hell or High Water isn’t a flashy movie, but it has an undeniably resonant sense of small-scale justice.
Rating: 5 Stars, converted from their rating of A Full Review