It's bold, captivating cinema, with a soundtrack that threatens to never leave your head.
At nearly three hours, "American Honey" is the most indulgent movie of the year, and the one in most need of a serious trim. It makes its point early on and then keeps repeating it until the honey turns sour.
Writer-director Andrea Arnold artfully sets love against money and manages one of the best endings in recent memory.
Too long by at least an hour, American Honey is a movie that would have had more to say if it said less. It is ultimately like a Jim Jarmusch movie without a sense of humour.
In the hands of British writer/director Andrea Arnold, one of the most talented women making movies today, the film has a lusty primal quality that is threatening and hard to resist.
More than the sum of its shaky-cam parts.
But, even at its most obvious and ham-fisted, American Honey remains compelling, largely for Arnold's vividly verit�, documentary-like cinematic style and a career-launching performance by Texan Sasha Lane who has never acted in a film before this.
Some may consider "American Honey" too long and more than a bit repetitive. But Arnold's not after a mere snapshot. Her aim is nothing less than a mural of contemporary American life.
"American Honey" is a remarkable movie, which doesn't mean it's perfect - its imperfections, in fact, are what help make it so urgent, so vital, so real.