Best-Reviewed Westerns 2018

We are happy to report the western is alive and well, as shown with this inaugural Golden Tomato Awards category for the genre. The films here find new ways to dress up an old horse, like documentary Bisbee ’17, contemporary drama The Rider, and the Australian film, Sweet Country. And fittingly we have a Western from the Coen Brothers, who resurrected the genre years prior with True Grit.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.


The Rider (2017)

Adjusted Score: 106437%
Critics Consensus: The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.
Synopsis: After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

Adjusted Score: 102825%
Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
Synopsis: An anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


Sweet Country (2017)

Adjusted Score: 98890%
Critics Consensus: Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.
Synopsis: An Aboriginal man goes on the run after he kills a white man in self-defense.... [More]
Directed By: Warwick Thornton


Bisbee '17 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 95801%
Critics Consensus: Bisbee '17 offers one town's reckoning with its own history as a compelling argument that the mistakes of the past are truly corrected only when they're faced head on.
Synopsis: Locals stage re-creations of the town's controversial past.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Greene

Adjusted Score: 96727%
Critics Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
Synopsis: It's 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Audiard

Tag Cloud

Vudu saw Mary poppins strong female leads doctor who TLC boxoffice Britbox Holidays Disney Plus comic book movie Turner television nbcuniversal sag awards casting Hear Us Out Alien blockbusters YA DirecTV comic jamie lee curtis boxing Disney Channel aapi Ghostbusters CBS Travel Channel video on demand APB romantic comedy TV One popular Mindy Kaling GIFs Universal Starz deadpool TCA cults FX RT21 Exclusive Video The Arrangement Oscars cars Wes Anderson El Rey kaiju breaking bad SXSW Reality Competition NYCC child's play TIFF Red Carpet Legendary FXX Lionsgate Opinion police drama mob latino teaser Music Song of Ice and Fire Infographic high school MTV marvel cinematic universe video zombie scary The Academy posters mutant cartoon transformers kids YouTube Red reboot Box Office batman Amazon Studios PBS rt archives scary movies Mystery AMC witnail trailers 1990s toy story Paramount Network Binge Guide Cannes fast and furious crime thriller FX on Hulu cancelled TV shows 20th Century Fox historical drama Pet Sematary Christmas comic book movies Best and Worst Syfy Drama cinemax hispanic Kids & Family Paramount canceled Tomatazos Fantasy Countdown war Amazon Prime international prank mission: impossible ratings king arthur rt labs critics edition Western game of thrones dogs LGBT Pop blaxploitation Stephen King Netflix Christmas movies Logo 2016 Chernobyl Grammys harry potter TV Land The Purge Emmy Nominations documentaries book adaptation Awards Tour medical drama green book dreamworks Family Netflix Baby Yoda Emmys Awards Spike spider-verse Sundance Now Rocketman based on movie foreign VOD Showtime Television Academy genre slasher cancelled television Universal Pictures olympics Mary Poppins Returns WarnerMedia BBC America halloween BBC One Rocky japanese Trivia rotten godzilla ESPN docudrama obituary emmy awards San Diego Comic-Con Horror talk show sports PaleyFest hidden camera E3 politics unscripted 72 Emmy Awards TNT Martial Arts Writers Guild of America Neflix Pop TV football Reality archives spy thriller Academy Awards cooking movie Acorn TV nature Rock Mary Tyler Moore a nightmare on elm street women hispanic heritage month halloween tv Fox News science fiction live event fresh stop motion 2015 independent superman Trophy Talk NBC blockbuster dark Valentine's Day Apple TV Plus superhero zombies comics live action supernatural Rom-Com Comic Book Tubi target Tokyo Olympics crossover new star wars movies children's TV worst cancelled TV series finale franchise Quiz 93rd Oscars Ovation Pixar Broadway Arrowverse documentary monster movies Marvel Studios CW Seed Hallmark Christmas movies wonder woman razzies DC streaming service HBO Elton John art house criterion Captain marvel Women's History Month Creative Arts Emmys series dramedy pirates of the caribbean VICE Masterpiece young adult 90s CBS All Access Crackle golden globes heist movie Hulu Pirates Black History Month OWN parents See It Skip It Super Bowl The CW twilight rom-coms Animation Esquire justice league Superheroe Nat Geo Nominations biography Lucasfilm Holiday 2020 canceled TV shows Freeform aliens Turner Classic Movies Tumblr Walt Disney Pictures screenings HBO Go OneApp TCA Winter 2020 Premiere Dates Comic-Con@Home 2021 BET ABC Signature social media Ellie Kemper psycho action-comedy Hallmark remakes Sundance TV suspense facebook ABC Family rotten movies we love Disney streaming service LGBTQ screen actors guild DC Comics indiana jones GoT serial killer Toys binge 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards australia classics President Watching Series The Walt Disney Company TruTV natural history biopic Spectrum Originals comiccon BAFTA vs. dragons Thanksgiving comedies X-Men PlayStation laika die hard spider-man Disney Tarantino stoner Film Festival Marvel universal monsters Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Television Critics Association adaptation elevated horror gangster First Reviews Columbia Pictures 24 frames new zealand quibi MSNBC critics Marathons spinoff Trailer Pride Month indie 4/20 2021 A&E AMC Plus Character Guide dexter nfl mockumentary rt labs cancelled Apple TV+ dc 2018 Certified Fresh RT History crime Adult Swim stand-up comedy true crime Peacock hollywood Heroines 73rd Emmy Awards directors technology Nickelodeon spain robots Podcast streaming Film Apple Interview FOX book The Witch A24 DGA VH1 Image Comics Discovery Channel Star Wars revenge black comedy CMT reviews Instagram Live Food Network 21st Century Fox USA Network james bond NBA sequel Black Mirror venice Bravo comic books game show Calendar Extras 45 IFC Films BBC concert YouTube Premium know your critic Sneak Peek 007 diversity GLAAD Amazon Prime Video Video Games all-time Dark Horse Comics Teen richard e. Grant American Society of Cinematographers psychological thriller Year in Review TCM Action romance sitcom docuseries TV legend tv talk cops History SDCC free movies mcc spanish language ghosts composers Set visit Anna Paquin marvel comics Winners lord of the rings hist WGN basketball best ABC toronto versus USA Shudder Funimation Warner Bros. Biopics E! Pacific Islander First Look Musicals Cosplay sopranos Election Winter TV feel good french zero dark thirty SundanceTV spanish Star Trek debate Shondaland The Walking Dead theme song ID Avengers Musical Amazon thriller Brie Larson Schedule IFC japan news cats Sony Pictures Endgame DC Universe Sundance telelvision Classic Film what to watch TV renewals streaming movies Comedy Central werewolf movies name the review Lifetime CNN TCA 2017 National Geographic joker period drama Lifetime Christmas movies Sci-Fi slashers discovery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt disaster Disney+ Disney Plus HBO Max Spring TV YouTube adventure scorecard christmas movies IMDb TV Photos adenture kong space 2017 TBS anthology BET Awards award winner king kong Fall TV Fox Searchlight italian singing competition renewed TV shows 71st Emmy Awards Country critic resources Polls and Games miniseries dceu 2019 satire Mudbound jurassic park New York Comic Con worst movies films Comedy golden globe awards MCU crime drama sequels ViacomCBS Superheroes political drama TCA Awards Summer Paramount Plus Crunchyroll south america ITV Comics on TV black travel scene in color vampires anime festivals festival royal family Cartoon Network new york animated Epix chucky asian-american Marvel Television TV movies 99%