The film at its heart is the first in a line of revisionist superhero movies.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eastwood's best film -- a compelling study of the shame and guilt that attends violence, of the rule of the mighty over the weak and of courage and cowardice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Unforgiven began Clint Eastwood's current apology tour for his cinematic violence.
Eastwood's meditation on age, repute, courage, heroism -- on all those burdens he has been carrying with such good grace for decades.
One of Unforgiven's assets is the way it overturns conventions, taking the man who is typically the hero and making him the villain, while transforming the traditional bad guy into a sympathetic protagonist.
Arguably the greatest western since Sam Peckinpah hung up his stirrups.
Ironically, the ultimate Western of all was made decades after its hayday. This is captivating for all, not just fans of the genre.
| Original Score: 5/5
A classic Western for the ages.
A rigorous deconstruction of both fictitious violence and Eastwood's own career as a trigger-happy 'hero.'
There's not much dramatic urgency apart from the revisionist context.
Dark and somber in thematics and visuals, this Western is a personal work for Eastwood, in which he desconstructs his own mythic violent image, one that made him a star in the 1960s.
| Original Score: A-
In this dark, timeless terrain, the film achieves a magnificent intensity.
A complex and haunting Old-West morality tale...Thanks Clint, for once again making my day.
| Original Score: 10/10
Conveys the power of the Western genre's myths ... as well as the ugly, unromantic realities that lurk behind them.
| Original Score: A
Revisionist Eastwood western is terrific on all counts.
| Original Score: 5/5
A near-great Western, weakened only by overt revisionism.
One of the greatest Westerns made.
In Clint's vision of the Old West all parties are tainted by violence and the need for revenge.
Hollywood's great revisionist western, well deserving of its Best Picture Oscar
One of Eastwood's finest outings to date, an elegiac western that ironically undermines the conventions of the genre, only to deliver a finale as legendary as the shootout at the O.K. Corral.
| Original Score: 4.5/5