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'Stillwater' is a new dramatic thriller starring Matt Damon. Find out how to stream the acclaimed film online for free.

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One-time Oscar nominee for Best Director Tom McCarthy returned to the director’s chair for Stillwater after his 2020 Disney+ comedy feature, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Stillwater is part of the crime drama genre and world premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

The expectations from Stillwater are also high as it will be the first serious project directed by McCarthy since 2015’s Spotlight that won Best Picture at the Academy awards while also earning McCarthy his maiden Oscar for Best Screenplay. Stillwater also marks the return of Matt Damon as lead actor after Ford v Ferrari.

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Directed by Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy—who also co-wrote the screenplay with Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain, and Noé Debré—Stillwater tells the story of an oil worker named Bill Baker (Damon) who is desperately searching for a way to help his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) clear her name. While studying abroad in France, Allison has been falsely arrested for murder and is awaiting trial. Bill struggles to wade through the French legal system and language barrier as the clock is ticking, and he has to decide just how far he’s willing to go to save his daughter.

The crime drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, to mixed reviews. But for fans of Damon, it doesn’t matter what the critics say. Here’s what you know about where to watch Stillwater, and when to expect Stillwater on streaming.

When is Stillwater releasing?

Matt Damon’s upcoming feature is set to be released globally this weekend on different dates in different nations. The schedule of Stillwater’s release is as follows:

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  • July 29 – Australia, New Zealand, and Russia
  • July 30 – Canada and the USA
  • August 6 – Ireland and the UK
  • August 13 – Spain
  • August 19 – Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands
  • September 9 – Germany, Ukraine, and Italy
  • September 10 – Turkey
  • September 22 – France

Is Stillwater releasing online?

Stillwater is not releasing on any streaming platform like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, or Prime Video. Producers have opted for the traditional release option for Stillwater.

Where to stream Stillwater:

Stillwater will open in theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, July 30. Currently, the only way to watch Stillwater is in a movie theater. (And the CDC recommends wearing a mask if you do!) You can find a showing of Stillwater near you here.

Is Stillwater on HBO Max?

No. Stillwater is not a Warner Bros. movie, and HBO Max, which is owned by Warner Media, is only the streaming home to first-run Warner Bros. blockbusters like Space Jam: A New Legacy. Because Stillwater is being distributed by Focus Features—which is a subsidiary of Universal Pictures—it will not stream on HBO Max at the same time that it’s in theaters. While it is possible that Stillwater will be on HBO Max someday, it will not be any time soon.

Is Stillwater on NETFLIX?

No. Stillwater is not on Netflix, and while it may be on Netflix someday, it will not be any time soon. In the meantime, you can stream another Matt Damon movie, Green Zone, on Netflix if you’re craving that Damon action right now.

Can I Stream Stillwater At All? When will Stillwater be on streaming?

Stillwater (2021) is not currently streaming on any digital platform, nor is it available to buy or rent on digital. (The 2018 movie Stillwater on Amazon Prime is likely not the Stillwater you’re looking for.)

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There is not yet an official release date for when Stillwater will release on digital. However, you may not have to wait long before you’re able to rent the film. Many of Focus Features’ recent releases—including last month’s documentary, The Sparks Brothers—have become available to rent for $19.99 on premium video-on-demand about three weeks after releasing in theaters. This is thanks to the Universal deal with AMC that allows the studio to release its films on premium video-on-demand after 17 days in theaters.

If Stillwater follows this same pattern, you should be able to rent Stillwater on PVOD at the end of August, sometime around August 20. But if you don’t want to wait, your best option is to catch Stillwater in theaters beginning tomorrow.

Stillwater Reviews

Partly a story of a wayward father’s unswerving love for his wayward daughter and intermittently a romantic thriller, “Stillwater” is, most memorably, a hard-edged portrait of a roughneck from the Oklahoma oil patch—closed off, rigid, taciturn—who gradually opens up to himself and the world around him. The film, playing in theaters and directed by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) from a script he wrote with Thomas Bidegain, Marcus Hinchey and Noé Debré, has its own rigidities, but Matt Damon, in the central role, confers a somber grace on a man who always thought he had none.

Bill Baker is a roughneck in many respects. A high-school dropout, he has stumbled through life from one odd job to another, doing drugs and boozing steadily along the way. He has also been a disastrous parent, a failing that leaves him and his estranged 20-something daughter, Allison (Abigail Breslin), in a terrible fix. She’s in prison in Marseille for having killed her French roommate and partner, a crime she claims she didn’t commit. A recently surfaced nugget of information might prove her innocence, but her mother is dead, leaving Bill as her best, worst and only hope of finding the guilty party and reopening her case. 

Worse still, his knowledge of French culture is nil, while his gifts as a linguist are limited to emitting short, gruff sentences in English. (The fictional case was loosely based on that of Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who was acquitted in 2015 of the charge of murdering her flatmate.)

The spectacle of Bill leaving his home and a construction job in Stillwater for the south of France is affecting, and all the more so when he arrives at a modest hotel in Marseille, carrying all his possessions in a rucksack and looking unmistakably American, from his shades perched above the visor of his baseball cap to his sturdy work boots. It turns out that this fish has been out of water here before, since Allison has already served one year of her five-year sentence. We’re given to understand that any previous visits were tense at best, but she’s his daughter and he won’t give up on her, even if she’s scornful of his ability to capitalize on what she considers new evidence and everyone else sees as shadowy hearsay.

In one sense “Stillwater” is a political drama. The film means to make us examine our assumptions about white working men from red states who look like Bill and share his stern visage. He is, in fact, a God-fearing citizen who owns a shotgun and a Glock and who may or may not lean hard right. (That’s dealt with adroitly when someone asks if he voted for Trump and he says no, then adds that he didn’t vote at all.) His affect is flat, whether from grievance, shyness or who knows what—so flat that the filmmakers come perilously close to reinforcing the cliché they mean to dispel.

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