I’ve already cried my way through Chinese-born writer-director Chloé Zhao’s deeply humanistic docu-fiction hybrid twice (it won top honors in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section and at the Reykjavik Film Festival) […]. Like Moonlight last year, The Rider goes off the beaten path to find fascinating characters we might otherwise never have the privilege of meeting on-screen – in this case, a Native American cowboy whose near-death rodeo injury leaves him with a metal plate in his head and a doctor’s order never to ride again.
Peter Debruge, Variety
Absolutely stunning. A film of touching gravity and rare grace […]. Once The Rider hooks you – and believe me, it will – there’s no way you will ever forget it.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The best film of 2018 so far. […] Chloé Zhao’s second movie is an astonishingly confident portrayal of life among rodeo cowboys in South Dakota ́s Sioux community. […] It feels like an announcement of a major artistic talent in Zhao.
David Sims, The Atlantic