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High Noon Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 22, 2012


File under 'classic'.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2011
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Deserving of its label as a true classic, and essential viewing.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2011

TIME Magazine
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High Noon combines its points about good citizenship with some excellent picturemaking.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 26, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 24, 2010
William Brogdon
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Zinnemann carefully and deliberately makes the most of the mood cast by the threat of impending violence.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Bob Westal

Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

October 18, 2008
Steve Crum

One of top five westerns of all time w/Cooper's Oscar winning role. Powerful.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 8, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 4, 2007
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

One of the essentials

| Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 29, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A simple, somewhat creaky tribute to defiant courageousness.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness

May 4, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Drop-dead brilliant Western Noir.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 3, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A-

August 22, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Can be enjoyed simply because it's so well done.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

April 30, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...plays on the psychology of its characters and situations; an oater with insight and introspection...thought over action.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

December 4, 2003
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

THE great American Western.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 28, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

quintessential Western that transcends the genre

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

September 27, 2003
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