Certain Women ★★★½

Like all of Reichardt's films, Certain Women is observant, spare, and methodical. While the (mostly) open-ended vignettes all seem to be splashing around in the same thematic puddle, I think the overall picture would've been much stronger if it didn't try to connect them narratively, but rather kept them as independent stories linked only by what they were attempting to articulate. That said, the acting is strong and the vignettes all have their affecting moments. This is quality filmmaking by women about women as they actually are, not the pedestal version that the industry loves to peddle, if it ever deigns to peddle them at all.