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The Homesman

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tommy Lee Jones

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones "is magnificent" (THE WRAP) in what critics are calling "the best western since UNFORGIVEN" (BBC). When low-life drifter George Briggs (Jones) is rescued from hanging by the strong-willed Mary Bee Cuddy (Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank), he agrees to help her cross the plains by covered wagon, but the stark beauty of the frontier hides constant threats, enemies, and psychological peril. Also starring Meryl Streep, James Spader, and John Lithgow.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 143
  • Fresh: 116
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Right or wrong, "The Homesman" belongs to Jones and Swank, and for Western aficionados it's worth seeing. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Nov 20, 2014

Rotten: Few will regret having seen "The Homesman," and yet it's not exactly an enjoyable experience. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: For a movie headlined by two Oscar-winning Hollywood stars - and directed and co-written by one of them - "The Homesman" is awfully close to outsider art. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: Some recent interviews with Jones paint him as a bit of a curmudgeon. But he's right to push back against being put into a box. "The Homesman" succeeds mainly because it and he don't neatly fit into one. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Nov 20, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Slit my wrists

This is a great movie you want to be morbidly depressed and utterly filled with regret for having watched this artful expose of human suffering and ignorance. Enjoy. Oh and if you are trying to feel good about yourself and the triumph of the human spirit, this is not your movie.

Different, Disturbing and Wonderful

I understand why some people rated Homesman low, it is difficult to watch, but is it worth it. I found myself covering my eyes, but as I pushed through it, I was surprised. Please, make the effort to watch his movie, you will be glad

A very promising story, poorly executed!

In the beginning, it was a unique story and riveting. However, as the plot progressed the structure grew thinner and thinner until I had to ask, “What the hell is going on?” The main plot twist was never answered/rebutted and I was left feeling like I had arrived in chaos. My biggest regret is that the writers didn’t offer a rational for the ending. The ending was non-sensical and, apparently, deliberately obtuse. A very disappointing story!
While the acting was good and up to the middle, the plot was good, the ending left me asking a lot questions that the end of story should tie up. If I had read this as a novel, I’d never read this author again. And, while I’m tempted to read the original story, I probably won’t because I don’t want to risk the same betrayal.

The Homesman
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 2014

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