(2016)

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100
As with Reichardt's more streamlined miniatures, regional detail accounts for much of the film's lingering resonance, as her characters are molded by (and, in some cases, rail against) the landscape they inhabit.
91
Though Certain Women is difficult, it's hardly obtuse. And for those willing to trust that Reichardt is in full command of this material, “Certain Women” is utterly enthralling.
90
Reichardt has crafted another deeply felt and beautifully ambiguous meditation on contemporary life in the far corners of the American heartland.
90
Reichardt has crafted another deeply felt and beautifully ambiguous meditation on contemporary life in the far corners of the American heartland.
88
Certain Women gives us female characters who are smart and complicated and funny and imperfect, and it never hand-delivers a message regarding what we're supposed to think about them.
83
There are no grand revelations or heightened emotions to be found in this film. Rather, Reichardt is keenly aware of small interactions, whether it be a few words or a glance, that make the most memorable moments in one's life
80
Like Reichardt's directorial hand, the performances are understated across the board, but deeply felt.
80
Certain Women is a deft masterclass in humane open-ended observation, crafting subtle portraits of three Montana women overlooked and hardy in their own individual ways.
80
Certain Women moves, as all Reichardt's films do, at a languid pace, and a handful of characters - notably Williams's - could have been a little more developed. But it's hard to recall a movie with such a precise, immersive sense of place, and the very specific mood that comes with it.
75
It's an ode to this country's oft-forgotten middle, where the struggle is, indeed, very real. As such, Certain Women is not always thrilling, but it's certainly faithful.
70
While there's no doubt this is the work of a filmmaker entirely in command of her craft, there's something a trifle academic and dry about the whole exercise, and slightly lacking in narrative cohesion given the nature of its origins.

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