McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971

Critics score:
90 / 100

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Vincent Canby, New York Times: I don't automatically object to contemporary allusions, but I prefer to find them myself, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller is so busy pointing them out to us that the effect is to undercut its narrative drive and the dignity of its fiction. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Robert Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great in one way or another, but one of them is perfect, and that one is McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Read more

Charles Taylor, The movie haunts you like a ballad whose tune you remember but whose words hang just beyond reach. And like listening to a ballad, we know the outcome of the events we're watching was foretold long ago, but we're helpless to do anything but surrender. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: A pioneering film, in both senses of the word, and one of the key works in the American cinema of the 1970s. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: A period story about a small northwest mountain village where stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie run the bordello, the production suffers from overlength; also a serious effort at moody photography which backfires into pretentiousness. Read more