"The drama’s true potency lies in the filmmaker’s masterfully taut control over the palpably gritty environment. In the parched terrain inhabited by “Transpecos,” which took home an audience award from this year’s SXSW film festival, the element of subtlety has an unmistakable scent of its own."
"Accomplishing a lot with very little, Greg Kwedar compresses his first feature, “Transpecos,” into a single day and night at a remote outpost in the Chihuahuan Desert, where three United States Border Patrol agents will face tough choices."
"Excellent performances distinguish this lean thriller about three border-patrol officers trapped in a web of conflicting loyalties and motives."
"For a first-time feature director, Kwedar knows how to keep the tension going through multiple twists and turns, reminiscent of another Texas-based movie many years ago — the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple.”"
"There are films in which the landscape is as much a character as the actors moving within it (Malick, Leone, and Antonioni quickly come to mind). Greg Kwedar’s Transpecos has three strong actors, but it is the terrain that ends up dominating this film. A promised wind blows, a sunset pregnant with meaning, and a succession of desolate shots of an unrepentant desert devoid of civilization loom over this tale of three border-patrol agents whose regular routine is rapidly unraveled in a day that tests trust, friendship, and loyalty in a film that hearkens back to Blood Simple-era Coen brothers."
"Transpecos has made a lot of noise on the festival circuit this year — it won the audience awards at SXSW and the Dallas International Film Festival — and it’s no wonder. Low on budget but high on craft and intelligence, Transpecos is as stark yet rewarding as a West Texas landscape at sunset."
"With “Transpecos,” Kwedar doesn’t offer any easy answers. Instead he points out the problems, how entrenched and intertwined they are, and asks other questions: How far will you go to survive? And will it be enough in the end?"
"Transpecos distinguishes itself with a sharp ear for dialogue, keen attention to ground-level detail, and an ending that unexpectedly chooses cautious optimism over blanket cynicism."
"Director Greg Kwedar makes an impressive feature debut with this atmospheric thriller set on the U.S.-Mexico border... finely measured, handsomely crafted."
"Transpecos puts three border patrol officers under maximum stress and quickly at odds with one another, and eventually their own morality... With nail-biting precision, (Greg) Kwedar has crafted Transpecos into a diamond."
"How remarkable and dynamic each of the three leads are in their roles...Gabriel Luna is so quietly electrifying... Johnny Simmons gives perhaps the film’s most heartbreaking and tortured performance... and Clifton Collins Jr.has never been better, [mixing] a quick wit and a steely reserve with an underlying humanity."
"It’s imperative not to give anything away with this film; every time you’re sure you’ve figured it out you’re surprised... The trio of Johnny Simmons,Clifton Collins Jr., and Gabriel Luna is intuitive and thoughtful."