The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release Date: November 8th, 2018

R |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

An anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old West.

Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, David Krumholtz, James Franco, Stephen Root, Ralph Ineson, Liam Neeson, Harry Melling

Director: Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

Genres: Comedy drama , Western

Production Co: Mike Zoss Productions, Netflix, Annapurna Pictures

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Part sincere and part smarmy, part amusing and part windy nonsense, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs plays like an old Western-themed vaudeville show featuring six unrelated sketches of drastically differing quality. show more

  • 90
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Ballad doesn’t reinvent the Coens’ sardonic, measured aesthetic, but the anthology’s looser structure allows them a friskiness that is welcome from such masterful veterans. show more

  • 90
    Dana StevensSlate

    In its best scenes, this portmanteau of jauntily morbid fireside tales also offers a streak of something else, like the underground vein of gold that Tom Waits’ prospector patiently seeks: the small human moments of surprise, delight, and connection that lie somewhere between the first page of each life’s story and the last. show more

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