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Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

This film is another in a long line of iterative experiments that the Coen Brothers have made to explore the intersections of comedy and misanthropy. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs dances effortlessly into and out of the comedy mode, but maintains as mean an edge as any of their other work. Viewers caught unawares, expecting another True Grit, may be alienated by the tone or by how dark the Coens are willing to go.