Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) lead this comedy Western nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the 2018 Berlinale.... More

"It’s a classic tale of the Old West: Samuel Alabaster is a man searching for his true love. Parson Henry is another, much drunker man, searching for a new start. Penelope is a woman who has found her own path. And Rufus Cornell is just a mean bastard with a taste for buckskin. There’s rotgut, rawhide, rootin’, tootin’, and hootin’. Plus, a little tiny horse." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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  • A haywired second half cancels out a diverting first half in this comic Western. Full Review

  • But Damsel's real standout is [Mia] Wasikowska, who displays a steeliness as Penelope that's initially surprising but then becomes one of the film's driving forces. Full Review

  • Pattinson shows he can also play a more sympathetic type of galoot - even crooning a pie-eyed love ballad called Honeybun, which Jonathan Richman might have rejected as too jejune. Full Review

  • What kept me smiling right through this overturned odyssey is that the men in it aren't brave pioneers or scary outlaws or any such thing - they're incorrigible nerds, a century before the word was coined. Full Review

  • "Damsel" is a comedy of attitude made with the indulgent touch of an art Western. That's a refreshingly original thing, though it's not as blow-you-away cool as the filmmakers seem to think it is. Full Review

  • I was alternately delighted and irritated, though mostly a very happy camper. Full Review