Just try and find a bad review for this , what is, unquestionably, the best movie so far this year. Two brothers—Toby, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner , a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide. Staring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine Ben Foster. Rated R (1 hr 50 min)
And Bridges? What’s there to say about a man who makes it look so easy, and who – in one breathless, pivotal scene – runs through a range of emotion like a wild pony running across the land. Genius, any way you look at it.
Wall Street Journal
By turns funny, elegiac and thrilling, it’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The year’s most exhilarating film.
Tampa Bay Times
Hell or High Water is a terrific piece of entertainment…. It isn’t a highbrow indie but a gritty work of art. Mackenzie’s movie thrills for all the right reasons and will be fondly remembered at year’s end.
The New York Times
Furnished with faces as beaten as the vehicles the brothers drive and discard, Hell or High Water is a chase movie disguised as a western. Its humor is as dry as prairie dust…and its morals are steadfastly gray.