The Quarry

The Quarry

The Quarry

Oscar nominee Michael Shannon is a police chief who suspects a local priest (Shea Whigham) of being a fugitive wanted for murder in this rural Texas-set crime drama based on Damon Galgut's novel.

A man (Whigham, Joker) is drifting through rural Texas as a fugitive when he stops in a small town, planning to impersonate the travelling preacher he killed. The local police chief can tell something's not right about the man, and soon a damning discovery at the local quarry pits the two against each other, with the killer fighting for his life.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language98 minsUSA
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Sensitive performances only go so far toward generating sparks in the slow-moving film, which never becomes the crime-and-punishment nailbiter it might've been.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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It's clear that Teems envisioned a No Country For Old Men-style thriller updated with present-day political resonance. But The Quarry falls short of that ideal.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The film plays as if it's been smothered under a pile of rocks.

Collider

Collider

press

Scott Teems' drama features strong performances from Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon, but seems better suited to a pilot than a feature.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

While director/co-writer Scott Teems has the ingredients, he doesn't seem to have much of any idea of how to put them together in a compelling manner.

Variety

Variety

press

So diagrammed that it uses its undernourished dark-side-of-the-heartland atmosphere to excuse the fact that nothing of note is really taking place.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sensitive performances only go so far toward generating sparks in the slow-moving film, which never becomes the crime-and-punishment nailbiter it might've been.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's clear that Teems envisioned a No Country For Old Men-style thriller updated with present-day political resonance. But The Quarry falls short of that ideal.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The film plays as if it's been smothered under a pile of rocks.

Collider

Collider

press

Scott Teems' drama features strong performances from Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon, but seems better suited to a pilot than a feature.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

While director/co-writer Scott Teems has the ingredients, he doesn't seem to have much of any idea of how to put them together in a compelling manner.

Variety

Variety

press

So diagrammed that it uses its undernourished dark-side-of-the-heartland atmosphere to excuse the fact that nothing of note is really taking place.

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