This movie we saw on DVD rental last week. I'd not heard of it before that, and Dh brought it home not seeing it was a "made for cable" movie. I saw that on the box before viewing. I therefore didn't have high hopes, per se.
I truly enjoyed this film though. I compare it to Open Range, which we saw shortly thereafter, and Open Range just doesn't make the cut. Tim Daly, in The Outsider, plays a western gunslinger that outdoes Kevin Cosners cowboy portrayal in every way.
Forget that The Outsider had some "soapy" endings, as one Reviewer from a paper put it. It worked. It was reminicent of a decently made story made into movie.
Open Range fails since it was a Major Motion Picture and well, just look how whoosy Cosner was. How dragging the whole story was, not just the beginning. It was purely something that improved with the woman coming on the scene --once it was known she wasn't married. But it was stifled and strange, it didn't gel into a flick to love, as some older western/cowboy movies have.
I'd love to see Tim Daly in another western film. Hope we will. Cosner can hand that hat up. Go play sissy Robin Hood again, that suit him. :) [OK, so I like men kind of men, not women kind of men, I admit it.] So to give Open Range a rating, it'd be about 6/10, just because it had enough color to be watchable. Acting alone it's definitely a 3 or 4. I sure wish there was a comparison rating thing on Rotten Tomatoes ... this will have to suffice.