High Noon Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
High Noon isn't really a masterpiece, and if you're a fan of more honest Westerns, it's hard not to notice Zinnemann's general lack of interest throughout. But it is a tense, effective little film.

July 26, 2011
File under 'classic'.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 26, 2011
Deserving of its label as a true classic, and essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
July 26, 2011
High Noon combines its points about good citizenship with some excellent picturemaking.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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William Brogdon
October 18, 2008
Zinnemann carefully and deliberately makes the most of the mood cast by the threat of impending violence.
Bob Westal
October 18, 2008
Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
March 8, 2008
One of top five westerns of all time w/Cooper's Oscar winning role. Powerful.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 4, 2007
Some of the results ring false, but the memorable theme song and some equally memorable character acting (by Thomas Mitchell and Lon Chaney Jr. more than Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado) help things along.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 20, 2007
One of the essentials
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 29, 2006
One of the most overestimated Westerns in film history, High Noon is schematic and more of a reflection of the times in which it was made than the classic it's considered to be, though Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
High Noon won a fistful of Oscars, but in these days of pasteboard screen machismo, it's worth seeing simply as the anatomy of what it took to make a man before the myth turned sour.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A simple, somewhat creaky tribute to defiant courageousness.
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Drop-dead brilliant Western Noir.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
August 22, 2004
Generates claustrophobic suspense by focusing on three images: Kane's increasingly tense, pained expression; implacably ticking clocks; and the ominous, empty train tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 30, 2004
Can be enjoyed simply because it's so well done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
More than a half-century later, Foreman was right after all: High Noon is a scorching and sour portrait of American complacence and capacity for collaborationism.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 4, 2003
...plays on the psychology of its characters and situations; an oater with insight and introspection...thought over action.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 28, 2003
THE great American Western.
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 27, 2003
quintessential Western that transcends the genre
Full Review | Original Score: A
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