larir’s review published on Letterboxd:
Truthfully didn’t expect this to have such an effect on me but found it incredibly moving. Frances McDormand at her most tender. No, the movie doesn’t dig in to the ethical problems with Amazon’s seasonal hiring practices, but I don’t really care. The point of this isn’t to showcase how exploitative corporations are (something we as viewers streaming this from the comfort of our homes are already well aware of), but rather to explore how a group of people have come to cope with grief and find peace in the lives that have not been kind to them. While the two are interconnected, spending time in a deeply humanistic movie to make that political point doesn’t change the circumstances for these people. It just makes us feel less guilty for watching it. Chloé Zhao is in complete control of every element here. Breathtaking and heartbreaking the entire time.