The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Old West anthology is riveting, unconventional, violent.

R 2018 133 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 17+

Unconventional and existential narratives

The six vignettes are meticulously planned and after a couple I realized this film was not going to be an "up" film. Quite a few UK actors portraying grizzled Wild West archetypes (and do so flawlessly). The existentialism of so much death comes to a head in the final vignette and the film is left with what I think was an ambiguous ending. Seeing so many actors take center stage through the course of one film felt like a treat. Sometimes disconnected and disjointed but overall the tone kept all of the vignettes together.
age 17+

Definitely not for 15 year olds

I enjoyed this film but I would not want my children to watch it until they are at least 17. Although it is entertaining, sometimes amusing, and definitely thought provoking, It explores some extremely dark material, mistreatment and murder of a young paraplegic, prostitution and suicide to name a few. It also contains several quite graphic depictions of gunshot wounds.

This title has:

Too much violence

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