Stagecoach Reviews

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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
Top Critic
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
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Essential.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2011
Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
August 3, 2003
Some movies are watershed films, taking a debased genre and reinventing it on a higher level -- films like Birth of a Nation, The Kid, Citizen Kane, The Godfather... and John Ford's Stagecoach.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2004
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2004
John Ford's splendid film was considered to be the first modern Western, one that went a long way in influencing the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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...
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...
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
One of the best early westerns ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 26, 2004
After 10 years, John Wayne finally arrives
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 7, 2008
Brilliantly filmed Western.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 26, 2004
Rustic classic John Ford film, Duke's first big one.
| Original Score: 5/5
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