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About the Movie
Oscar® winner* Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster lead this acclaimed action-drama from the writer of SICARIO. When a desperate father (Pine) learns the bank is going to take his family's land, he and his ex-con brother (Foster) are left with no choice. They decide to rob the bank's branches, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger (Bridges) in a riveting story of crime, punishment, and brotherly love. *2009, Actor in a Leading Role, Crazy Heart. Oscar® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 224
- Fresh: 219
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This neo-Western works splendidly as a self-contained tale of loyalty, loss and redemption, with polished turns from a smoldering Chris Pine and spunky Ben Foster.
Fresh: Just as it taps into a dying corner of American society, Hell or High Water resurrects the power of western mayhem done right.
Fresh: The sad, dusty towns against which this classically-oriented story play out are breathtakingly evocative, as are the bodies and faces of all the Texans we meet along the way.
Fresh: This is a damn good film and your feelings about the characters will oscillate throughout.
How did I not hear about this until now? Great acting all around.
My family is all from west Texas and these characters aren't like the west Texans I know. Jeff Bridges should hang up his spurs and quit acting. He thinks mumbling is acting and his many attempts at racist humor did not succeed. I'd have rather seen a old episode of Breaking Bad episode than this crappy movie. In the end the robber explains to Jeff Bridges why he did it which seem like enough for a prosecutor to present a case so, it is just dumb for him to have opened his mouth and talked about his kid's owning the ranch. Texas Rangers are lethal, they aren't going to wait a year or so before talking to the unemployed brother of the bank robber they killed.
I think most movies out today are not very good compared to previous decades and I’m not that old at 43, but while I was watching this there were a few times when I got that twinge of yep this will be considered one of the best films of the decade. It had the same complex characters on both sides of the law that we saw in films like Heat, which is one of my all-time faves. What was also great about this was the pacing of it made you feel like you it was set to the same odometer as Bridges’s sheriff but also the Texas lifestyle. This movie did everything No Country For Old Men was trying to do but better. Better suspense, better pacing, better characters, better humor.