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3.4
1,019 Ratings

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
United States, 2018
Western, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Best Screenplay

Academy Awards

2019 | 3 nominations including: Best Adapted Screenplay

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top Films

The section of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs titled “Meal Ticket” is the best in the film. The darkest, bleakest, and the most macabre, this vignette evokes the hellish carnival world of Tod Browning’s The Unknown and Freaks.
February 22, 2019
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Craft isn’t everything in art, but it counts for a lot. Even when you’re going against tradition, you can’t just willy-nilly do whatever. . . . So if we simply talk of the Coens’ Ballad of Buster Scruggs as a grim, occasionally grotesque and zany take on Western conventions, we’re apt to take for granted just what a trim, absorbing piece of sheer filmmaking it is.
January 13, 2019
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The Coen Brothers’ second foray (after True Grit) into the pure western—what John Wayne called “the only American art form”—is a ravishing, noble, and poignant chronicle of utter turpitude and degradation.
January 05, 2019
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