Ride with the Devil Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014

Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010

The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 26, 2010

the main characters, despite their various complexities, are never particularly compelling and therefore fail to draw us into (or help us make sense of) the film's abstract themes

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
April 26, 2010

Bucolic scenes of men at rest in beautiful wild landscapes and families gathered over meals in manors and homesteads are shattered by battles...

Michael Dequina
October 21, 2007

'It ain't right; it ain't wrong; it just is.' That line, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up Ride with the Devil.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

This isn't the usual Civil War tale of learning to respect a man regardless of his race.... It's about how true freedom comes from love, from respect, and from self-sacrifice.

| Original Score: A
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 23, 2004

Lee is a master storyteller.

| Original Score: 4/5
Randall King
Jam! Movies
June 23, 2004

Sustains a standard of realism that can induce extraordinary tension.

| Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003

...unexpectedly watchable due mostly to the above-average performances from Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Wright and even Jewel (in her film debut).

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2003

Does for Civil War movies what 1991's Mobsters did for gangster movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
November 6, 2002

Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 6, 2002

Lacking the charisma of a truly great film... Ride with the Devil manages to succeed more in principle than it does in the moment.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002

Lee has cast his film with the cream of rising actors.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
March 22, 2002

The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002

This rip-roaring adventure story presents a little known slice of Civil War history,

Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002

There's absolutely no emotional or sexual heat between Maguire and Jewel; they seem like kids playacting at grand passion.

Christabel Padmore
Apollo Guide
July 24, 2001

Neither outstandingly good, nor bad. It's a reliable choice for the historical action keener.

Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound
April 17, 2001

While the movie intermittently revs up for some showy combat scenes, its real métier is a texture of fine-grained observation that brings history to life on the molecular level.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2001

It is a violent film that fails, at times, to be dramatically engaging...

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000

Wright is the real find in the ensemble cast.

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