The Lawrence massacre provides no catharsis, only a sense of despair at the state of the human condition and at young men turned psychopaths.
| Original Score: 7/10
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
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bucolic scenes of men at rest in beautiful wild landscapes and families gathered over meals in manors and homesteads are shattered by battles...
'It ain't right; it ain't wrong; it just is.' That line, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up Ride with the Devil.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
Lee is a master storyteller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sustains a standard of realism that can induce extraordinary tension.
...unexpectedly watchable due mostly to the above-average performances from Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Wright and even Jewel (in her film debut).
Does for Civil War movies what 1991's Mobsters did for gangster movies.
| Original Score: 1/4
Lee appears to have been torn between making a character study and an action movie, so both elements get short shrift.
Lacking the charisma of a truly great film... Ride with the Devil manages to succeed more in principle than it does in the moment.
| Original Score: C-
Lee has cast his film with the cream of rising actors.
| Original Score: B-
The intriguing (if not always successful) result is an oddly contemplative picture about a horribly bellicose time.
| Original Score: 3/4
This rip-roaring adventure story presents a little known slice of Civil War history,
There's absolutely no emotional or sexual heat between Maguire and Jewel; they seem like kids playacting at grand passion.
Neither outstandingly good, nor bad. It's a reliable choice for the historical action keener.
| Original Score: 67/100
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.
It is a violent film that fails, at times, to be dramatically engaging...
Wright is the real find in the ensemble cast.
Visually arresting but dramatically flat.
| Original Score: 3/5