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The Sisters Brothers

  • Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Crime, Western
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 121 min.

Based on Patrick Dewitt’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Sisters Brothers follows two brothers - Eli and Charlie Sisters - who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851.

"In the end the joy of the movie is in watching these four very different characters interact."
- Karen Gordon, Original-Cin
"This first English-language outing by the ever-adventurous French director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) is a connoisseur’s delight, as it's boisterously acted and detailed down to its last bit of shirt stitching."
- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"Equal parts comedy, drama, love story and horror story, the saga simply refuses to be easily lassoed."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It aerates what's already been well-trod, offering an alternately pitiless and tenderhearted lens on such hardy themes as character, filial loyalty and American progress at its most naive and voraciously destructive."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"More than anything, 'The Sisters Brothers' is an exploration of how far you can take an anti-Western before it snaps out of the genre's orbit entirely."
- Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"A near-masterpiece-a simmering chase movie that gradually heats up to a searing family drama that wonders how to care for a loved one that's impossible to live with."
- Inkoo Kang, Slate
"A knockout, one-of-a-kind western from French director Jacques Audiard in which odd-bird frontier hitmen are played by Joaquin Phoenix and a hot-damn he's great John C. Reilly. Saddle up."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[It's] a traditional western, except when it's a revisionist tale. It's a my-brother's-keeper drama, except when it's a violent comedy. It's a tale of There Will Be Blood-levels of greed, except when it's a high-ho adventure."
- Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
"It's the stirring chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as committed siblings that transforms these lively, violent circumstances into a sweet and intimate journey designed to catch acolytes of the genre off-guard."
- Eric Kohn, indieWire
"A movie about manhood, brotherhood and the unexpected bonds of fraternity, explored in all their brutality and twisted humor, The Sisters Brothers presents the cruel hostilities of the world, the innocence lost in the madness and the possibilities of a humanity still to be found scattered through the debris of American carnage."
- Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"The Sisters Brothers gallops on screen with a lot of ambitions, and it fulfills them all. It’s a sprawling Western that’s also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialization lead to environmental devastation, and yet it offers the hope of redemption. "
- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"The Sisters Brothers feels special. It has the painterly visuals of a classic film, but its lead characters are black-hatted villains whose road to redemption is mostly motivated by exhaustion rather than guilt. The story is grim and violent, but the brothers’ relationship is shot through with ramshackle humor, and the men they’re ultimately tasked with pursuing are portrayed as loving and idealistic—an utter rarity for this kind of story. "
- David Sims, The Atlantic