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Godless (TV)

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  Godless (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.36 /10
Jack O'Connell , Michelle Dockery , Scoot McNairy
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Directed by: Scott Frank
Written by: Scott Frank

Released: 2017
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 0

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If you're a sucker for Westerns, boy, are you going to love Godless. If you're not a sucker for Westerns, boy, are you going to love Godless anyway.
(Jen Chaney, New York Magazine)
Godless keeps its world as expansive as the vast plains, so beautifully shot on location in Santa Fe. The supporting cast s strong, but no one is more electric than the always extraordinary Merritt Wever.
(Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly)
Godless is the Western you've been waiting for.
(Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News)
It's the best Western of 2017 and it's absolutely one of the best uses of longform narrative to tell what is essentially an expanded movie.
(Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist)
I'm a sucker for the stories of justice and revenge at the heart of most good Westerns. And I love it even more when those stories recognize the social realities of the time. Godless does all that and more.
(Eric Deggans, NPR)
Attention is paid to each character's nuances and shortcomings, as an emotional storm builds up to a fine example of a wild West showdown.
(Hank Stuever, Washington Post)
A seven-hours-plus honest-to-gosh western created by writer-director Scott Frank, Godless features cowboys on horses, lots of shootin' and ropin', and a feminist twist so thoroughly integrated into the premise, no ornery dude can possibly complain.
(Ken Tucker, Yahoo!)
The result is an endlessly watchable limited series that is a magnificent addition to the Western genre and one of the best and most surprising offerings from Netflix in recent memory.
(Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRant)
Godless delivers. And it's both smart and entertaining in the process.
(Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter)
If you're thinking about the gender politics of the show, consider how each of the major characters is introduced... the men are weak and injured, while the women are strong.
(Brian Tallerico, New York Magazine)
It gets way more right than wrong as an outstanding cast, memorable characters, engaging arcs, beautiful shots of the majestic frontier, and one hell of a finale (oh yes, it's pretty savage) bring us a uniquely bewitching and exciting story.
(Matt Fowler, IGN Movies)
Brutal, unforgiving, and warmly nostalgic; Netflix's grand Western is one of 2017's most satisfying shows.
(Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times)
It's an operatic, juicy drama that thrives by earnestly embracing the best - and side-stepping the worst - Western tropes.
(Kelly Lawler, USA Today)
Every frame is breathtaking in its own way, whether it's of dust carried on the wind (a classic, tumbleweed-style indication that the characters are remote and exposed) or sun pouring through the slats of an old, dilapidated barn.
(Catherine Pearson, Digital Spy)
Even though Godless certainly employs some familiar genre tropes and scenes of violence and romance, it still manages to surprise and subvert expectations in unique ways.
(Jade Budowski, Decider)
As the inevitable showdown draws closer and closer, we spend enough time with all parties to understand them as people rather than stereotypes.
(Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto)
There's something about the grim beauty of Godless and its first-rate cast that makes me want to take my time with it.
(Christopher Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No Netflix drama has been this lyrical and yet crisply understated: expect it to triumph at next year's Emmys.
(Patrick Smith, Daily Telegraph)
Unrelentingly brilliant.
(Euan Ferguson, Observer)
It’s hard to pinpoint one standout performance; Dockery is superb, wielding her gun with mighty force, and so is Wever, who’s been a stalwart supporting player on shows like The Walking Dead and Nurse Jackie; Daniels is a convincingly boozy villain, whiskey dribbling down his beard as he looks to exact revenge on his old protege; and McNairy, O’Connor and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, as the town deputy Whitey Winn, each turn in authentic, understated performances. It would not be surprising to see one or two or even three of them in the Emmys conversation next summer, which tends to emphasize plucky, period-piece roles like these.
(Jake Nevins, Guardian)
This is a show that really loves the earth, even if it doesn't embrace the country - it knows what American can be at its best and what it is at its worst.
(Nev Pierce, Empire)

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