The Wild Bunch Reviews

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Top Critic
June 26, 2007
Film at 145 minutes is far over-length, and should be tightened extensively, particularly in first half.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Not only does The Wild Bunch illustrate Peckinpah's mastery of his medium, but it presents a story that is effective on nearly every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Time may have diminished the film's shock value, but time hasn't faded The Wild Bunch's immense appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
There are some wonderfully exciting action scenes, although much of it comes off a little bittersweet, as if these are the final days of some sad, wild animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 29, 2013
It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2015
Even as a spectacular victim of its own success, the film retains a primitive, raw, vulgarly masculine power that leaves it powerful in all the right ways, and surprisingly un-dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 7, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Famous for its breathtaking bridge explosion sequence, "The Wild Bunch" is a western layered with social commentary about war, codes of honor among men, and humanity's childish nature that bends equally between violence and pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 4, 2008
Sam Peckinpah's great, bloody Western shocked most people with its extreme violence upon its original release, but now it's firmly nestled in the American canon.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2001
This is Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
It's a thoroughly modern movie, and has barely aged a bit since its release, since it places itself in opposition to all things past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2007
...a landmark Western and a good, thoughtful, rousing adventure besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
October 26, 2008
... a spurting blast of pulp and poetry choreographed into a ballet of violence.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 29, 2013
It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2013
The Wild Bunch is an American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2013
In an era when body-count films mirror the mounting body count offscreen, The Wild Bunch dissects death rather than glorifying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 29, 2013
Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 23, 2005
The sign of change in the old formula, the advancement of technology and time in a genre that brutally snuffed both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 3, 2011
a work of art, and revives love for pure cinema
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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