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Stagecoach Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Its virtues remain intact.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 10, 2012


Modern movies began here.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

February 10, 2012
Variety Staff
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Directorially, production is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout, and presenting exceptional characterizations. Picture is a display of photographic grandeur.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 10, 2012
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

With this, Ford transformed the western from fading B-movie filler into genuine adult fare.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 10, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Seen today, Stagecoach may not seem very original. That's because it influenced countless later movies in which a mixed bag of characters are thrown together by chance and forced to survive an ordeal.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 24, 2011
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] Orson Welles famously said he watched "Stagecoach" 40 times before he made "Citizen Kane." It's easy to see why.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

November 21, 2011
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

One of the best early westerns ever made.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

August 16, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 18, 2011
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Stagecoach is not just one of the greatest and most influential Westerns ever made; it's also a template for the ensemble film.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

June 22, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a thoughtful ensemble examination of grace (and lack of grace) under stress.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

June 1, 2010
Sean Axmaker

John Ford's classic western is a landmark of the genre for so many reasons: mature, classically constructed and superbly directed, it made a star of John Wayne...

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May 29, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Criterion Collection's two-disc set... [is] a small film-school education, through the copious supplementary materials, on how the film broke new ground, why it remains so important today...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 18, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A particularly special entry in Ford's already lengthy career... his first absolutely perfect movie.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

March 30, 2009
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Brilliantly filmed Western.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 7, 2008
Emanuel Levy

One of the best Westerns ever made, Ford's Stagecoach is a very stylized work, shot in black-and-white and influenced by German Expressionism. Sharply written by Dudley Nichols, it features strong characterizations well-played by the entire ensemble.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

February 23, 2007

Time Out
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Impossible to overstate the influence of Ford's magnificent film, generally considered to be the first modern Western.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Rustic classic John Ford film, Duke's first big one.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 26, 2004
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

After 10 years, John Wayne finally arrives

| Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

The first great Western... Instead of rote good-guy / bad-guy conflict, Stagecoach emphasized characterization, social commentary, and moral drama.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

June 14, 2004
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A true classic. Despite most of the characters being archtypes, Ford has created a Western setting in which we get involved in the lives of these people; Wayne is sincere in his first major role, and Carradine almost steals the show as the gambler. Claire

| Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2004
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