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The Wild Bunch Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 28, 2016
It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's.
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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.
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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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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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2013
It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969.
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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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TIME Magazine
April 29, 2013
The Wild Bunch is Peckinpah's most complex inquiry into the metamorphosis of man into myth. Not incidentally, it is also a raucous, violent, powerful feat of American film making.
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June 26, 2007
Film at 145 minutes is far over-length, and should be tightened extensively, particularly in first half.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
The on-screen carnage established a new level in American movies, but few of the films that followed in its wake could duplicate Peckinpah's depth of feeling.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
In purely cinematic terms, the film is a savagely beautiful spectacle, Lucien Ballard's superb cinematography complementing Peckinpah's darkly elegiac vision.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Wild Bunch takes the basic elements of the Western movie myth, which once defined a simple, morally comprehensible world, and by bending them turns them into symbols of futility and aimless corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A true cinematic touchstone, the film has influenced a generation of movie makers, from Scorsese to Tarantino to Hong Kong action king John Woo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Bruce Reid
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The director was one of the very few filmmakers who could create a world that, however nastier or more brutish than the one we live in, never felt smaller or less complex.
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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