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1,510 Ratings

Hell or High Water

Directed by David Mackenzie
United States, 2016


A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.

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Hell or High Water Directed by David Mackenzie

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Supporting Male

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

This bank robbery movie opens with signs dotting the West Texas landscape that say things like 3 TOURS IN IRAQ BUT NO BAILOUT FOR PEOPLE LIKE US, establishing it as the only Oscar-nominated film that grappled with Trump’s America as the train wreck approached. Right up to its unsatisfying, to-be-continued ending, the film’s lugubrious quality marks it as an example of grievance cinema, art-directed for a new era of violent self-pity, economic decline, and racial appropriation.
February 24, 2017
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It gives off all the signals of being a tough, resonant little thriller, except that as scripted by Taylor Sheridan, it’s actually an insultingly pat piece of work. Besides being a desultorily predictable study in contrasts, nutty Tanner (Ben Foster) and noble Toby (Chris Pine) are given such meticulously jerry-rigged motivations for their crime spree—it’s a joint fuck-you to unscrupulous bankers and an abusive father—that the ostensible “moral ambiguity” of the material is actually crystal clear.
January 09, 2017
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Tense, atmospheric thriller that could have done with maybe twelve fewer shots of roadside signs with foreclosure messages or bankruptcy law firms’ numbers on them.
December 27, 2016
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