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Based on Patrick Dewitt's acclaimed novel of the same name, follows two brothers - Eli and Charlie Sisters - who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851.
Western - This is a western drama with some comic overtones aimed at older
adults. Fans of leads John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix will
certainly enjoy, as will those of co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz
Ahmed, whose supporting roles are also substantial. Constant
language, violence, and some sexual content make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 27 S-words; 7 S-words; 8 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, killings, fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol. ACTION: Some gunplay and fires. COMEDY: Comic lines, often dark; some crude gags.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...this alcohol-soaked Frontier road trip constantly reinvents itself at every turn in fun, witty and ultimately touching ways. Call it a revisionist or an absurdist Western if you will, but Audiard's film feels both refreshingly new...and nostalgically familiar.
Rex ReedFull Review Average ...it tries to be fresh and different, functioning more as a black-comedy character study than an action thriller. Mostly it's a misguided mess. ...the meandering pace slows down the trajectory and the plot hangs by a thin membrane, but the imaginative cast guarantees the movie is not without an occasional highlight.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good The Sisters Brothers proffers a sort of Edenic vision, comedic but tinged with sadness, of a latter-day El Dorado that's worth basking in, if only as a buffer against the inevitability of its fall.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 30 moviegoers:
ADULTS: The males enjoyed this movie slightly more than the ladies with just over half indicating that they loved "The Sisters Brothers." Unfortunately, most of the other males only rated it "good/average," (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). About 8% actually were disappointed and rated it low to very low. Compared to the male reviews, the ladies had a few less who loved it and a few more who rated it just "good/average," and about the same number who were disappointed.
It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly)
brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They
blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents...and they know no
existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli
hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger
two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on
duo's assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other's
The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest,
to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield,
eventually, the Gold Rush land of California - a journey that will test the
ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of