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Meek's Cutoff

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Kelly Reichardt

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About the Movie

In 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, a wagon train of three families hires mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert. Over the coming days, lost in the heat, the settlers face hunger, thirst and a lack of faith in each person's instincts for survival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 126
  • Fresh: 108
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If you allow its windswept silences to work on you, "Meek's Cutoff" gathers its own snakelike sense of momentum... – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, May 12, 2011

Fresh: Told largely in long shot, it's a painfully, beautifully slow film, which is understandable given the time, place, and situation. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, May 5, 2011

Fresh: Amounts to a master class in the power of observation. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Apr 22, 2011

Fresh: A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, May 20, 2011

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Customer Reviews


This film is EXQUISITE. It's extremely slow and artistic so don't watch if you're not into that. If you are, you will find this quite extraordinary. Kelly Reichardt is tremendously talented, and the acting is all great.

A slice of life that

Will leave you thirsty for more.

It was OK

Basically this movie boils down to a bunch of actors walking around in costumes. There is really no point to the movie and it probably should of never been made in the first place. I actually made this same film in my parents back yard when I was thirteen years old. This is pure minimalist filmmaking and although its slow and the dialoge is dull I did enjoy some parts. I especially enjoyed the use of natural lighting and the authenticity of surrounding setting. The actors did what they could, Bruce Greenwood was great as always, Paul Dano was terrible as always and Michelle Williams was smoking hot as always. Reminded me a little of the films "Walkabout" and "There will be Blood". How it recieved an 86% on rotten tomatos surprises me. This usually happens when one semi-known critic gives it a good review and all the other critics follow suit without ever actually seeing the film. But then again, what do I know.

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