Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast.
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
Bucolic scenes of men at rest in beautiful wild landscapes and families gathered over meals in manors and homesteads are shattered by battles...
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).
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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,
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...
| Original Score: 8/10
Ride With the Devil moves with its own methodical rhythms.
A film that asks the viewer to stop and smell the spent gunpowder rather than wallow in pyrotechnic spectacle.
A sublime contemplation of the American character at a particularly revealing time in our struggle to become a nation.
The cast is attractive and proficient at handling the fancy dialogue the filmmakers offer up as period vernacular.
Ride With the Devil works on the simple level of action and classic drama.
Moving, gorgeously filmed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Wright is the real find in the ensemble cast.