Stagecoach Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2012
Its virtues remain intact.

Film4
February 10, 2012
Modern movies began here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 10, 2012
Directorially, production is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout, and presenting exceptional characterizations. Picture is a display of photographic grandeur.
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
February 10, 2012
With this, Ford transformed the western from fading B-movie filler into genuine adult fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 21, 2011
[VIDEO] Orson Welles famously said he watched "Stagecoach" 40 times before he made "Citizen Kane." It's easy to see why.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
One of the best early westerns ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2011
Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 1, 2010
...a thoughtful ensemble examination of grace (and lack of grace) under stress.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 29, 2010
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...
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 18, 2010
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...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 30, 2009
A particularly special entry in Ford's already lengthy career... his first absolutely perfect movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 7, 2008
Brilliantly filmed Western.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: A
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Impossible to overstate the influence of Ford's magnificent film, generally considered to be the first modern Western.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 26, 2004
Rustic classic John Ford film, Duke's first big one.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 26, 2004
After 10 years, John Wayne finally arrives
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
June 14, 2004
The first great Western... Instead of rote good-guy / bad-guy conflict, Stagecoach emphasized characterization, social commentary, and moral drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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