A businessman travels West to join his fiancée in the mountains.
Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
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100 critic reviews
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8/7/2018 by Andrew Whalen
Damsel spends its second half literally wandering in the woods, with no clear destination or objective in mind.
7/8/2018 by David Sims
As an indie film with a clever gimmick, it's worth seeing, though it never quite sustains the sweeping feel of its first two scenes.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
7/5/2018 by Colin Covert
Sometimes you encounter the kind of movie that makes you feel the day can't get any better than this.
7/5/2018 by Bill Goodykoontz
"Damsel" takes most of the elements you've ever seen in a Western and tweaks some, twists others and comes up with something unusual and mostly satisfying.
6/28/2018 by Ann Hornaday
"Damsel" owes just as much to the absurdist tone of the Coen brothers, possessing the same visual and verbal japery and, occasionally, absurdism for its own wearyingly ridiculous sake.
6/28/2018 by Gary Thompson
Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate.
6/28/2018 by Michael Phillips
Like everything else attractive to the eye in "Damsel," this image of happiness is a cruel illusion. It's also an unilluminating one.
6/28/2018 by Ty Burr
The frontier as a symbol not of manifest destiny but of man's idiocy? There's an interesting movie in that. "Damsel" gets about halfway there.
6/27/2018 by Richard Roeper
Damsel is set some 150 years ago, but it's a timely social commentary about certain gender-based stereotypes that still exist in the movies. Mia Wasikowska kills it as Penelope.
6/24/2018 by Christy Lemire
Damsel is a sly feminist manifesto disguised as a shaggy, amiable hangout movie.
6/24/2018 by Peter Travers
This warped, WTF western from the Zellner brothers gives Rob Pattinson a chance to shine. In a Hollywood of formulaic hack jobs, the Zellners know how to keep you guessing. Don't knock it. It's a gift.
6/22/2018 by Mark Jenkins
Damsel goes for rueful smiles, not uproarious laughs.
6/21/2018 by William Bibbiani
When the film segues into a literal song and dance, it feels like we really are watching a new sort of vision, even though Damsel takes a while to reveal its true angle.
Los Angeles Times
6/21/2018 by Justin Chang
"Damsel" is a deadpan art-western prank, a sly fusion of classical technique and postmodern sensibility.
Tribune News Service
6/21/2018 by Katie Walsh
A film that's intellectually stimulating and beautiful to look at, but a bit too arch to truly fall in love with.
New York Times
6/21/2018 by Jeannette Catsoulis
A movie that turns the classic western into something wackily eccentric and entertainingly original.
6/20/2018 by Simon Abrams
Pattinson and Wasikowska deserve better material than the Zellners' head-scratchingly lazy jokes.
6/20/2018 by Jake Coyle
While the movie isn't quite as clever as it thinks it is, the Zellners have a sweet, likable sense of humor tinged with tragedy. And they remain filmmakers to watch.
6/18/2018 by Dana Schwartz
The film is unpredictable and bizarre, stunningly beautiful and weird in the best ways...
6/18/2018 by Richard Brody
Though methodically conceived and occasionally tense, it's slight and sluggish.
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