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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2011
Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Brenner
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
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
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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