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Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers (2001)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 48

As far as westerns go, Texas Rangers is strictly mediocre stuff.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 14

As far as westerns go, Texas Rangers is strictly mediocre stuff.



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The true story of the formation of the Texas Rangers provides the backdrop for this youth-oriented Western. In 1875, after the Civil War, Leander McNelly (Dylan McDermott) organizes the Texas Rangers to battle the outlaws terrorizing Texas, notably crime kingpin John King Fisher (Alfred Molina). With a team of experienced gunmen (Robert Patrick and Randy Travis) and enthusiastic but green recruits (James Van Der Beek, Usher Raymond, and Ashton Kutcher), McNelly and his Rangers bring law and


Western, Action & Adventure

John Milius, Ehren Kruger

Apr 16, 2002


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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (48) | DVD (15)

Large cast is uniformly fine with tongue-twisting, pulpy dialogue, though pic presents only brief flashes of what look to be fully realized characterizations jettisoned at some point during production or post.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A documentary on baseball's Texas Rangers and their last-place season would have been more interesting.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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As dull as its title.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The end result may not be a full-blown disaster, but it comes close.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is one bland and cheesy Tex-Mex burrito of a movie.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Wish it had a few other things, you know, like an adult sensibility, a closer allegiance to the truth, and maybe a little concern for how the English of 1875 was spoken.

December 5, 2001
Washington Post
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just another bad Hollywood western farce...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A real loser, lock, stock and barrel.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

The film has very little energy and originality.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A bit of a mess, but it's not unenjoyable and it boasts a kind of absurd sincerity that's actually rather appealing.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The storyline is awfully thin...and even at a running time of around 81 minutes (without credits), the movie does tend to drag in certain sections.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Call it Dude, Where's My Horse?

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[A] almost refreshing for its total lack of ambition.

May 26, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

A hip, cool western featuring some of today's hottest young stars.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Mediocre movies know no genres.

May 7, 2002
Movie Metropolis

If you like most Western films, you'll probably enjoy Texas Rangers -- it's slightly above average in the genre -- but if you aren't a fan of Westerns, this one certainly won't sway your opinion.

April 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

No surprises.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

Texas Rangers is a generic, gun-toting fable -- a dull, laughable cactus costume drama that has no significant appeal to it other than to boast the empty machismo antics of its leads.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Just a lame cowboy movie that doesn't warrant your attention. Or mine.

December 8, 2001 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

The best thing about this half-cocked shoot-em-up is the beautiful, rugged scenery -- and, of course, by that we mean the cast.

December 8, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Hats. Lots of great Western hats are about all there is to Texas Rangers.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Hackneyed retread of ancient Western shtick.

December 6, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for Texas Rangers

When I seen 'Dawson' from Dawson's Creek & Ashton Kutcher in a western I thought there was no way that this would be good. Not that I don't enjoy both of those guys and think they are good actors but it was hard for me to believe they could pull roles in a western movie and be convincing - I'll say they proved me wrong.
The greatest reasons for this being a great movie is the fact that while it still has Hollywood's glamour and gun slinging style that the west is always presented in it was 'Dawson' and Kutcher that gave the film a breath of 'real life' beyond the typical Hollywood edge. With both of best worlds, the guys didn't destroy the movie of western vibe, but they created it and more.
I was convinced and truly felt like this was a realistic setting and that's something that I haven't really felt in a western since movies like 'Lonesome Dove' and 'Comanche Moon'. The movie thanks to Kutcher had some pretty funny parts adding a untraditional humor this genre of movie. Along with some laughter, insane action, sadness, and happiness the movie does a great job at hitting viewers emotions on every level. In my opinion, it was under rated, and is a good 5! (That could because I am biased for modern western movies) but I truly enjoyed it.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good western, especially, if you have any southern or Texas heritage as it will boost it all that much more for you.
August 17, 2011

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Actually a good film.
January 22, 2008

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