The Rider (2018)



Critic 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.

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Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

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Brady Jandreau
as Brady Blackburn
Tim Jandreau
as Wayne Blackburn
Lilly Jandreau
as Lilly Blackburn
Lane Scott
as Lane Scott
as Gus
Helen Gaddie
as Job Center Counselor
Cameron Wright
as Rodeo Cowboy #1
Jordan Slick Phelps
as Rodeo Cowboy #2
Jonnie Whirlwind Horse
as Rodeo Cowboy #3
Greg Barber
as Bar Owner
Kevin Hunter
as Bar Patron #1
Marshall Byrne
as Bar Patron #2
Ethan Steele
as Mile's Son
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Critic Reviews for The Rider

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (30)

Brady, rarely raising his voice above a murmur, takes us on an emotional journey, figuring out his own way forward. The plains go on forever; so, we hope, does hope.

June 11, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

My my, what a ride.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Cinema that's challenging and offbeat is always in danger of being overlooked. But "The Rider" deserves to be seen.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Jandreau, acting opposite his real-life family members and friends, disappears into a role largely based on his own experiences, oozing empathy from his pores.

April 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You can almost feel the wind and smell the dust of the South Dakota plains, so deeply is Chloé Zhao's new film steeped in the reality of its environment.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's just plain excellent.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rider

For a movie thatâ(TM)s literally about getting back on the horse after it bucks you off, The Rider is so very subdued that itâ(TM)s difficult to become fully enraptured in it. It gets to a certain level of emotional involvement where the idea that the pain endured by Brady Blackburn (who is Brady Jandreau playing a version of his real life self) in walking away from the only thing he loves is far deeper and more painful than anything heâ(TM)d have ever experienced while riding and yet-this still feels incomplete. I donâ(TM)t know, maybe Iâ(TM)m just upset Brady never took his precious younger sister, Lilly, to the carnival like he promised her.

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer

Zhao wisely sidesteps the inspirational narrative route and sticks to a simpler character study. The results are often poetic, but never pretentious or condescending. The use of untrained actors may be the most interesting choice, it only enhances the film's emotional potency.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Despite lacking in dramatic intensity like its non-professional leading actor, The Rider is a perceptive character study that blends fact and fiction. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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