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American Outlaws (2001)

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14

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 89

With corny dialogue, revisionist history, anachronistic music, and a generically attractive cast, American Outlaws is a sanitized, teenybopper version of Jesse James.

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 30

With corny dialogue, revisionist history, anachronistic music, and a generically attractive cast, American Outlaws is a sanitized, teenybopper version of Jesse James.

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This loosely fact-based oater attempts to mimic the youthful heartthrobs in Western garb formula of Young Guns (1988), as well as the cheeky humor and some plot elements of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Colin Farrell stars as Jesse James, who returns home from the Civil War to his small hometown to find that a crooked railroad baron (Harris Yulin) has been illegally forcing the residents from the homesteads to make way for a new rail line. Enraged, James leads a band of outlaws

Dec 4, 2001

$11.9M

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (89) | DVD (15)

For the most part it's First Knight Way Out West all the way.

October 16, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A big yawn that only reminds us why movie westerns are six feet under and not likely to make a comeback.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The bizarre result of another in a long line of westerns tailored for rising actors, who no one really takes seriously in such projects.

August 22, 2001
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The movie's presumption of ignorance on the audience's part is monumental.

August 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The blandification of the puppy-stud Western reaches its nadir.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Picture 1860s Missouri as Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break and you've got the idea.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Let's cast a lot of cute boys as the James/Younger gang. In between hold-ups, they can bicker about who's the cutest and, oh yeah, they can take their shirts off a lot.

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Silly western revisits Jesse James.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Never mind that it's already been done before and better; it's never been done this pretty.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

...instantly forgettable.

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

Setting new standards in historical inaccuracy.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

At its best, American Outlaws is absurd; at its worst, it's tedious and laughable.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Marks the second time that O'Quinn has been in Young Guns and Dalton in The Rocketeer, leading me to conclude that I've wasted too much of my life watching terrible movies.

December 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The kind of film that will have you throwing your popcorn at the screen in disgust.

December 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

A film that can best be described as the "dumb version" of Young Guns 2, American Outlaws ranks among the year's most entertainingly insipid movies.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Instead of treating it as a serious work of art, one should look at AMERICAN OUTLAWS as an old-fashioned B Western and one won't be disappointed.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Generally goofy fun - whether that kind of "fun" was intentional or not.

September 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

The boys are buff, puppyish and impeccably barbered, ridin' and robbin' and shootin' with the frisky glee of youngsters blowing off some steam.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In terms of plot, character development, acting, directing -- heck, even production design -- there is absolutely nothing of interest or value.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Farrell's] Jesse James is such a petulant lightweight that you wonder how he leads his horse to water, much less his fellow outlaws to bank robberies.

August 21, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

It has enough cute cowboys, shoot-outs, and romance to remind us how much we've missed seeing westerns.

August 20, 2001
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for American Outlaws

A run of the mill western adventure that was fun but a bit too corny.
September 28, 2008
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Pretty good action keeps this one afloat. It's like a young Guns for the new generation but just not as good.
January 8, 2008
superclerk25

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A hip, smart, funny and action-packed adventure. A full-on fun movie ride
October 15, 2007
allan913

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decent flick
January 25, 2007
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