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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.


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Every tale in "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" runs out of steam before it runs out of story.

November 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again.

November 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All in all, this "Buster" is something else.

November 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds...

November 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a good movie - better than good - and if you like the Coen Brothers, you should enjoy it, and if you don't like the Coen Brothers, why don't you? You really should like the Coen Brothers.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As the Coens remind us, with their usual impish wit and impeccable craft, there's still a lot of pleasure to be mined from those conventions. But there are lessons to be learned, too.

November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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