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December 9, 2017
An inspiring film, it is constructed like a thriller; but instead of reaching for thrills, it leaves them in the background and concentrates on the complexities of its characters.
August 28, 2016
Its the performance of a lifetime for actor John Heard, who would most likely be known for playing the Dad in Home Alone. When his friend Richard Bone (Bridges) is accused of murder, Alex Cutter (Heard) must defend his friend. But the movie is not about that, its about cynicism, corruption. and all sorts of other nihilist themes. The movie is slow, but has incredible dialogue and a memorable ending.
May 30, 2016
This is one of the best movies of all time in my opinion. So underrated. Heartbreaking with one of the very best endings ever.
½ March 31, 2016
Of the thousands of movies I've seen, it's the only one I went back to see again on my own because how impressive and at times confusing I found it. As noted the performances are excellent - the characters both off putting and charismatic by turns. The plot is murky - but by design, not by poor planning or execution. If you need to know what's going on at every moment - by all means avoid the movie. But if like a game of go or peeling open an artichoke the process is important to you, please do see it.
October 15, 2015
This is an odd one. It starts strong but an hour in, you are wondering 'what is this film about?' As the credits roll, you are none the wiser. John Heard is magnetic, the characters are great and it has some great dialogue but the plot and relationships are beyond ambiguous. It's what we call in Dublin 'all over the bleedin shop!'
Super Reviewer
April 30, 2015
Non-cohesive but impressively charismatic and well performed neo noir. Bridges, Heard and Lisa Eichhorn have great chemistry together and richly defined characters with rough edges. My only regret is that the plot never tickens, and wanders without consistency through romance, comedy and paranoia.
The story ends on a grim, and yet perfect note.
½ October 6, 2014
The acting and the characters drive this movie. John Heard is unbelievable. The thriller aspects are secondary, but an integral in bringing out Cutter's personality.
April 12, 2014
Cutters Way is a really interesting, curious film noir thriller, it's almost unconcerned with things like narrative, plot or even the murder mystery at it's centre, it's more about the characters, mood, atmosphere and dialogue it feels loose and ragged, it moves at it's own pace, sometimes your not even sure were it's actually going, which can be both exciting and frustrating, it's not meandering but it sometimes feels like it. What this film is really about is the two men at the centre of the story, Jeff Bridges (looking stunningly young and handsome) as Richard Bone, a womanising drifter so uncomitted to anything in his life or others, that the murder mystery he's in the middle of even seems like a thing of little concern to him, and then theres John Heard as title character Alex Cutter, the actor is known to pretty much everyone as Kevin Mccallister's dad Peter from the Home Alone films, this is a shame because he is absolutely spectacular in this film, if Heard only could have at least given us another half dozen performance's of this searing, magnetic intensity, he would have been one of the greatest actors of all time, because this is one of the greatest performances and one of the most complex and compelling characters i've ever seen in a film, he's that damn good, truly a wasted actor. The other big drive of this film is it's complete ambiguity, theres a good chance that the real killer may have walked right out of this films story after he dumps the body at the beginning, theres a feeling that this is all a mistake. The ending especially will haunt you for a long time, questioning over and over what really happened. Great, underrated, uncompromising and intelligent grown up film making.
March 2, 2014
Nice noir. John Heard is the best/Snake Plissken. Jeff Bridges is great. Terrific mysterious bad guy.
February 17, 2014
The second best cult film.ever made .next to The Wanderers.
December 1, 2013
A Masterpiece, John Heard's greatest performance. Highly recommend it.
September 28, 2013
Jeff Bridges plays Richard Bone who is drifting through life, as a part-time gigolo and boat salesman, whereas his friend, Alex Cutter, a Vietnam vet who has lost an arm, a leg, and an eye (played sharply by John Heard), is passionately and pointedly committed to a singularly bitter viewpoint (that the rich and powerful will screw over everyone). Cutter is an exceptional character (almost doing an alcoholic and manic early Tom Waits impression) -- as memorable as any to appear in any film -- but ultimately the movie may be more about Bone's ability or inability to make a real decision. A conspiracy theory plot remains resolutely out-of-focus as a kind of lingering hangover from 1970s films, but this is almost purely about characters and not about how they get from point A to Z.
½ August 31, 2013
Skamløst overset noir-perle, med en god (og ung) Bridges, en enestående Heard, og en sublim Eichhorn. Bridges overværer (måske) et mord, og ved (måske) hvem der stod bag... intet er sikkert, og man gætter hele vejen, til den fornemme slutning, som binder det hele sammen på bedste vis. Fortjener meget mere anerkendelse end tilfældet er.
½ July 24, 2013
This movie is terrible. Very uneven and full of character development that goes no where and means nothing. Plus, the ending is very cold and unexpected and resolves nothing. Just a complete waste of time and talent.
½ July 14, 2013
A murder mystery with crime and noir overtones, CUTTER'S WAY is a highly effective thriller/character study, boasting vivid performances and some tremendous writing. As the ostensible lead, Jeff Bridges is good, conveying a sense of somebody getting in over his head, but the real standout is John Heard, who pretty much blows the doors off the movie with his work; it's a live-wire performance - some would say a showy one - but I was totally unprepared for for how great he is. Heard's work is kind of revelatory, especially if all you know him from is HOME ALONE, where he played the father; in an alternate (and just) reality, this movie made him a big, big star. The storyline is interesting in the way it continuously evolves and goes in unpredictable directions (to the point that, even ten minutes away from the ending, I still had no idea how things were going to be wrapped up!), and while the mystery angle takes a while to really get cooking, the screenplay wisely uses this time to build the characters. Additionally, the dialogue is very sharp, just one step shy of being the hard boiled, stylized kind of stuff found in just about any classic noir, and yet always coming from an emotionally realistic place. CUTTER'S WAY has a reputation for being something of a lost gem, and I think that's an apt description; there's simply no excuse for a movie this good to have slipped through the cracks. Fans of the noir, mystery, and crime genres (as well as those who appreciate well-drawn characters portrayed by excellent actors) should definitely track this one down.
June 6, 2013
Unbelievable role by John Heard highlights this crime yarn about a dead girl and a oil tycoons cover up and the two main characters idea to extort the truth and expose the idenity of the killer of the dead girl. Underrated and ignored when first released this movie should have a much better cult following.
½ April 11, 2013
If this film had stayed faithful to the original ending by Newton Thornburg, it would certainly have been considered among the greatest neo-noirs ever filmed. UA compromised very little throughout the entire picture (even killing off Mo) then ultimately sold out for the happier ending and subsequently marketed it with this lame title. The novel Cutter and Bone worked so well because it provided a bleak view of the power that was wielded by those wealthy who have become corrupt despite the endevours of a stubborn few who are too clever for their own good. The first 99% of this film is wonderfully bleak then UA needed a hero when there shouldn't have been one. Nevertheless, John Heard as Cutter is clearly the hero of this film, the guy you'd love to have a few drinks with then leave before he got belligerent and threw his cane at you or worse.
½ January 10, 2013
Emerging in the twilight of the New Hollywood years, Cutter's Way sees a practically bygone knack in American film for setting mood, evoking place and exploring unpredictable states of mind through a knowing, cynical, claustrophobic script, awash in the disgruntlement and mental cave-in of post-Vietnam America. Superbly acted by Jeff Bridges, Lisa Eichorn and particularly John Heard as the mangled, plastered vet, this forgotten treasure stays in the memory long after other films have faded.
December 4, 2012
This is the kind of movie everyone should watch. Highly underrated, but extremely good. Along with The Big Lebowski, this is one of Jeff Bridges' best films.
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