River of Grass (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

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River of Grass (1995)



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Cozy, a thirtyish Florida housewife bored to tears with her drudging life, runs away with Lee, a young loser in search of thrills. After accidentally shooting a man, Cozy and Lee try to go on the lam as every outlaw couple before them--without quite ever getting it right.

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Critic Reviews for River of Grass

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

It's not exactly action-filled, but its main character is explicit about what's on her mind and how deep-seated her desire to escape is.

April 1, 2016

It's almost too ethereal, it slips through your fingers when you try to grab it. Although that could be the point.

March 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

River of Grass is very funny, but in a more somber key it also test-drives what will become Reichardt's specialty: the transformation of cheerless wastelands into backdrops for journeys of the parched soul.

March 10, 2016 | Full Review…
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Reichardt subverts expectations at every turn, while simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of southern Florida (the title refers to the Everglades, and the film goes back and forth between Broward and Dade County) in all its sun-drenched seediness.

March 10, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A film of fizzy languor ... terrific ...

March 8, 2016 | Full Review…

...a decidedly erratic yet somewhat promising first effort by Reichardt.

May 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for River of Grass

"So if we weren't killers, we weren't anything." - Cozy A housewife named Cozy is far from it and fed up with the mundanity in her Floridian life. She falls in with a loser named Lee and the two make like BONNIE AND CLYDE in this quick and dirty indie gem. Kelly Reichardt's directorial debut is overflowing with ideas; it appears the writer/director flushed all the film school style out of her system with this project before charting new territory. RIVER OF GRASS is a brisket but nevertheless striking debut.

J.S. Lewis
J.S. Lewis

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Bored, Cozy(Lisa Bowman), a housewife, dresses up to go to a nearby bar where she encounters Lee(Larry Fessenden). Lee, despite rarely leaving his grandmother's house by the age of 29, has somehow and coincidentally come into the possession of the gun formerly belonging to Jimmy Ryder(Dick Russell), Cozy's father and a police detective, for which he has been suspended for one week. All of which has nothing to do with Lee inviting Cozy to go swimming in a friend's pool. Even working on a miniscule budget as she is with her first film, "River of Grass," one can see definite filmmaking promise in Kelly Reichardt that she would deliver on in her later films. As it is, there is a very cool soundtrack as she manages to capture south Florida in a unique way while beginning her specialty in following characters who achieve varying levels of success in trying to get where they are going. That might also explain the lackadaisical, yet deadpan, pacing for which I will overlook the short eternity the plot, what there is of it, takes to kick in.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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